MID-CEN­TURY MEM­O­RIES

DestinAsian - - CONTENTS - — Gabrielle Lip­ton

A new photo book by Fan Ho takes read­ers back to the Hong Kong of the 1950s and 60s.

Call it se­lec­tive mem­ory, but there is some­thing dream­like about the way we re­call places we love as they once were. A mas­ter at the art of cap­tur­ing this is Fan Ho, one of Asia’s most ac­com­plished pho­tog­ra­phers and film di­rec­tors. Born in Shang­hai but raised in Hong Kong from 1949, Ho, now 83, be­gan his ca­reer as a teenager, doc­u­ment­ing life on the streets of the then Bri­tish colony in the 1950s and ’60s through the lens of his Rollei­flex cam­era. It’s images from this pe­riod that fill the last in­stall­ment of his tril­ogy of photography books about the city, Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Mem­oir (Mod­ern book Edi­tions), some pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished, and some cre­ated by com­bin­ing two black-and-white neg­a­tives into one im­age for a re­sult far more about feel­ings than facts.

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