In Memoriam: Fan Ho (1931-2016)

Fan Ho

Ha fallecido Fan Ho, el gran maestro chino de la imagen. Fotógrafo desde los 14 años, siempre ha confiado en el poder de la intuición y la luz, y en la teoría del ‘instante decisivo’, por lo que justamente se le ha llamado el “Cartier-Bresson asiático”. Sus escenas callejeras de Hong Kong, romanticas y misteriosas, han influido en generaciones de cineastas, entre ellos y de manera notable en Wong Kar-wai.

“Nunca encontré otro lugar como Hong Kong, que quisiera fotografiar con la misma intensidad y amor.”

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Fan Ho, the great Chinese image master, has passed away. Photographer since age 14, he has always relied on the power of intuition and light, and the theory of ‘decisive moment’, so it just has been called the “asian Cartier-Bresson”. His street scenes from Hong Kong, romantic and mysterious, have influenced generations of filmmakers, including and notably in Wong Kar-wai.

“I never found another place like Hong Kong, that I would like to photograph with the same intensity and love.”

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(via: http://www.20minutos.es/noticia/2229511/0/fan/ho/fotografia/)

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Privado // Private (by Fan Ho, 1960)

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“Ya sea en blanco y negro o en color, las fotografías de Fan Ho tienen sin embargo, algo en común: todas poseen el mismo sentido profundo de la alegría de la composición, la teatralidad, como si Fan Ho se hubiera empeñado durante todos estos años en crear una gran cantidad de registros visuales que representan un casi surrealista Hong Kong.”

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“Either in black and white or in colours, Fan Ho’s photographs have yet something in common: all possess the same deep sense of playfulness of composition, theatricality, as if Fan Ho has been eager throughout all these years to create a large body of visual records depicting an almost surreal Hong Kong.”

(via: http://photographyofchina.com/)

Su estudio // Her study (by Fan Ho, 1963)

Nacido en Shanghai, se trasladó más adelante a Hong Kong con su familia, donde comenzó a hacer fotografías usando una Rolleiflex regalada por su padre.
Inicialmente, consideró la fotografía como un pasatiempo, pero al vagar por las calles y los avenidas de Hong Kong, la ciudad y sus habitantes le fueron poco a poco poseyendo.
Ya sea en los bajos fondos de Hong Kong, en sus animadas calles o en una escalera iluminada, los patrones de la vida diaria son la inspiración para las fotografías de Fan Ho.

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Born in Shanghai, later moved to Hong Kong with his family, he began taking pictures using a Rolleiflex gift from his father.
Initially, he considered photography as a hobby, but to wander the streets and avenues of Hong Kong, the city and its inhabitants were gradually possessing him.
Whether in the slums of Hong Kong in its busy streets or on a staircase lit, the patterns of daily life are the inspiration for the photographs of Fan Ho.