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‘Portrait of Hong Kong’ by Fan Ho

Exhibition details

Opening / Event Date:
22 March, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
28 April, 2019
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Portrait of Hong Kong 念香港人的舊 | Fan Ho

Exhibition Dates: 22 March – 28 April 2019

Opening Cocktail: Thursday 21 March, 6–9 pm

Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11am to 6pm

Venue : Blue Lotus Gallery
28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Enquiry : [email protected] | www.bluelotus-gallery.com


About the exhibition:

This exhibition showcases the last body of work of prominent photographer Fan Ho as embodied in the book project ‘Portrait of Hong Kong’.  For this final endeavour the celebrated and much-loved photographer and film director, Fan Ho, went through his extensive archive of negatives to compile a of series of work that had not previously been published. In 2015 Fan Ho selected about 500 old negatives from his own archive which he then cropped in his signature style. After the deeply unfortunate event of his passing, it took another year for the project to be completed with the help of his family and Sarah Greene. In this body of work the artist wanted to portray Hong Kong as a city with the focus on its people. 

The photographic selection expressed in this new body of work feels closer to documentary and pure street photography compared to his previously highly stylised approach. In his own manifesto ‘Thoughts on Street Photography’ which he wrote at the age of 28, and of which carefully selected quotes can be found throughout the book, he explains, “my realistic street photos are rarely selected. Pictorial aesthetics and images with a sense of humour are still the key for salon photos but I expect changes to happen soon. In the meantime, I will just keep trying.” 

The book, published by Hong Kong’s WE PRESS in June 2017, was awarded ‘Best Book of the Year’ by the HK Federation of Book Publishers in the 11th Hong Kong Book Prize Competition (2018). This award for Fan Ho, who already amassed close to 300 accolades, thusly reaffirms his popularity in Hong Kong and beyond.

The exhibition will feature about 40 works including some rare vintage pieces. The book with the same title ‘Portrait of Hong Kong’ will be available during the exhibition.

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