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「念香港人的舊」何藩攝影展

time 22 Mar - 28 Apr (every Sun, Wed to Sat) 11am (7hr)

location Blue Lotus Gallery 》香港太平山磅巷28號

(free event)

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. The flow of images takes you on a journey travelling from West to East of Hong Kong Island, starting with the boat people, moving through construction and modernisation, across the harbour to Kowloon side, ending in the New Territories and the quiet waters of Hong Kong.

The photographic selection expressed in this new body of work feels more natural, indeed 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.


被譽為「一代宗師」的何藩因拍攝五、六十年代的香港而聞名,成為亞洲最受歡迎的街頭攝影師之一。

何藩1931 年出生於中國上海。自14歲生日時獲父親所贈 Rolleiflex 雙鏡頭相機開始,便與攝影結下不解之緣,更在第一年便獲得首個獎項。其後他於 1949 年與家人移居香港,繼續追尋攝影夢。

何藩被譽為「東方布列松」。拍攝中,他常以極大的耐心等待「最佳時機」,等待人物形象與幾何結構和線條精心構建的背景不期而遇。他還喜歡用背光效果或結合煙霧與光線來營造戲劇感和氛圍。海上或街頭生活、黃昏時被太陽拉出細長斜影的巷道和市場是他最愛的取景點。

何先生對香港民生的熱愛讓他的攝影作品充滿人文氣息。在他的照片中我們可以看到苦力、商販、沿街叫賣生果和蔬菜的小販、在街上玩耍或做功課的孩童等等。正如何老所說:「我愛香港,我愛香港的人們。」他從未想過記錄香港的城市建築和名勝,而是努力捕捉香港的魂,記錄香港人的苦難和堅韌。

青少年時代到二十八歲前是何藩最為高產的時期。他的作品在當時已獲得廣泛關注,通過參加畫廊比賽贏得近 300 個地區和國際性大獎。他的才華對電影業亦產生了不小的影響。他曾參演多部電影,之後轉作導演直至 75 歲退休。

何藩是英國皇家攝影學會及英國皇家藝術學會會員,亦是多國攝影學會榮譽會員,包括新加坡、阿根廷、巴西、德國、法國、意大利及比利時。過往曾到多國大學教授攝影及電影製作。其作品獲眾多私人和公共機構收藏,其中最著名的包括:香港 M+ 博物館、香港文化博物館、法國國家圖書館(Bibliothèque National de France)、舊金山現代藝術博物館(San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)、美國聖巴巴拉藝術博物館(Santa Barbara Museum of Art)、
美國克利夫蘭藝術博物館(The Cleveland Museum of Art)。

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