Fan Ho’s touching Portrait of Hong Kong shows a lifetime of love for capturing the region Written by Tora Baker from Creative Boom

This spring, an exhibition at the Blue Lotus Gallery will showcase the last ever body of work by the celebrated and much-loved photographer and film director, Fan Ho.

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Born in Shanghai in 1931, Fan Ho delved into photography at the early age of 14 when he started taking pictures with a Kodak Brownie camera of his Father. Later, at the age of 18, his father bought him a twin lens Rolleiflex camera with which he took all his award-winning photographs.

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In 1949, Fan Ho’s parents moved to Hong Kong where the young Fan Ho continued pursuing his passion for photography, in particular for street photography. Dubbed the ‘Cartier-Bresson of the East’, Fan Ho’s works earned him close to 300 local and international photography awards and titles. His talent was also discovered by the film industry where he started out as an actor before moving into directing until his retirement at age 65.

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During his lifetime, Fan Ho taught photography and film-making at various universities worldwide. His works remain in private and public collections which, most notably, include that of M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Bibliothèque National de France, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art (USA) to name but a few.

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In 2015, he selected around 500 old negatives from his own archive which he then cropped in his signature style. After he sadly passed away, it took another year for the project to be completed with the help of his family and Sarah Greene. In this final body of work, the artist wanted to portray Hong Kong as a city with a focus on its people.

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“In 1959, when Fan Ho was 28, he wrote a book called ‘Thoughts on Street Photography’,” explains Sarah Greene. “It was a collection of essays explaining different schools of thought prevailing at that time, different approaches, explanations on how to compose a good photograph and where his own work fits into the spectrum of photography.”

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In the last chapter of that book, he concluded: “My photographs with a strong pictorial aesthetic are still highly favoured among the salons. Documentary style street photography or portraits are rarely selected although they are among my favourites. Maybe one day the opportunity will present itself for me to show this body of work. In the meantime, I will just keep trying.”

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“Portrait of Hong Kong shows a different type of work than what Fan Ho is famous for,” adds Sarah. “It provides a more natural record of a Hong Kong that has long be gone. A sincere wish he had cherished and expressed in his twenties has finally come to be.”

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Portrait of Hong Kong by Fan Ho will take place at Blue Lotus Gallery in Hong Kong from 22 March to 28 April 2019. Discover more at bluelotus-gallery.com.

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POP ARTIST MOAUD ABOULHANA: RECLAIMING THE FUTURE OF MOROCCO FROM ITS COLONIALIST PAST BY NIVEEN GHONEIM

Mouad Aboulhana delivers rapturous depictions of daily life in his native Tangiers, a city where the past and the present form a space-time continuum, using different mediums and techniques, such as stencil, graffiti, illustration, photography, and even video installations.

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Mouad Aboulhana delivers rapturous depictions of daily life in his native Tangiers, a city where the past and the present form a space-time continuum, using different mediums and techniques, such as stencil, graffiti, illustration, photography, and even video installations.

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Workers carry exaggerated furniture loads in Alain Delorme’s Totems photographs by James Brillon (from dezeen)

This photo series by French photographer Alain Delorme spotlights China‘s consumer society through doctored images of workers transporting teetering piles of furniture and other goods.totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_3totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_14totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_15totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_9-1704x1137totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_4-1704x2553totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_6-1704x1137totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_0-1704x1137totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_5-1704x1137totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_hero-1704x958totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_0-1704x1137totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_6-1704x1137totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_4-1704x2553totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_15totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_9-1704x1137totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_14totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_col_3totems-alain-delorme-photography-streets-china_dezeen_2364_hero-852x479

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Toys: Photographer documents 100 years of iconic must-have toys and games from Creative Boom

Featuring timeless classics from the yo-yo and the slinky, board games Cluedo and Mousetrap, to childhood companions in the form of Stretch Armstrong and Tickle Me Elmo, Toys is the ultimate celebration of beloved childhood relics.

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Captured by renowned photographer Kevin Fox, this series of images are now available in a new book of the same name, which includes interesting stories and facts behind each popular toy – from the LEGO bricks on the International National Space Station and the limited-edition perfume that smells of Play-Doh to the fact that Sophie the Giraffes sell more annually in France than babies are born and that Pope Francis and Miley Cyrus have both been spotted wearing Loom Bands.

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Accompanied by an essay by child development expert, Stevanne ‘Dr Toy’ Auerbach and packed with trivia on iconic toys and games that redefined play, this coffee-table book pays homage to items that defined a multitude of childhoods.

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Essential for lovers of design and nostalgia – and all big kids – Toys is a warm and insightful journey into the past that brings back the sense of anticipation we’ve all felt waiting to get our hands on that new must-have toy. Grab a copy of the bookto recall long lost memories of your childhood.

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DEEP FOCUS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF ABBAS KIAROSTAMI by HG MASTERS, From ArtAsiaPacific

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By chance, a few weeks ago I came across an audio recording of an interview that I did with the late Iranian filmmaker and photographer Abbas Kiarostami in May 2013, when he was having an exhibition of his “Snow Series” (1999–2002) photographs at Rossi & Rossi gallery in Hong Kong. In the past few days, after learning that the legendary Iranian cineaste had died in Paris on July 4, I listened to that interview again and transcribed it. Our conversation lasted less than 30 minutes and Kiarostami was tired from his trip and eager to finish a pack of cigarettes that he claimed would be his last. We spoke through an interpreter, although Kiarostami understood many of my questions. He wore his trademark sunglasses while we sat at a desk in the back room of the gallery, so it was hard to see his eyes. He didn’t particularly seem to enjoy talking about his own photographs, and it took some time before he would give up information about them or about what he thought of the works. But his own comparison between the “Snow Series” and Japanese sumi-e brush-painting best revealed the kind of meditative precision he sought, as well as the kind of relationship to nature he was evoking. Though very different than his socially oriented films, his photographs are similarly pared down and intensely focused, and should also be seen as an effort to get directly to the essence of things.

More: http://www.artasiapacific.com/Blog/DeepFocusThePhotographyOfAbbasKiarostami

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Dead Cities, Syria.

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Maciej Moskwa is a Polish photographer, a member of TESTIGO documentary collective. He spent a lot of time working in Syria, and I was first introduced to his work through his photo essay Dead Cities.

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” ‘Dead Cities’ are the remains of Roman and Byzantine settlements in the north-western Syria. In 2012, during the civil war in Syria, more than one million people had to abandon their homes and sought safe shelter. They came to the places where the Ancients buried their dead. In places such as Shansharah, Robia, Serjilla the living cohabitate with the dead in ruins and tombs, often underground. They are exposed to the elements, cold, wet hungry and vulnerable to disease. Many, fleeing from their homes, could not take much with them, the heaviest luggage they carry is their memories filled with the images, sounds and smells of an ongoing war. Although they…

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PHOTO ESSAYS Photojournalist Steve McCurry’s Romanticised Visions of India by Carey Dunne in Hyperallergic

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American Magnum photographer Steve McCurry, best known for his 1984 photograph of an Afghan refugee with piercing green eyes (Sharbat Gula), is one of the most celebrated photojournalists of our time. His career started in 1978, after the work of Margaret Bourke-White and Henri Cartier-Bresson inspired him to take his first visit to India. This trip, on which McCurry used up 250 rolls of Kodachrome, would be the first of his more than 80 visits to the country.

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Remembering Leila Alaoui: The Moroccans.

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It seems way too early to pay respect to Leila Alaoui, talented French-Moroccan photographer, in MER’s Remembering sessions. After all, she entered 2016 full of power, only in her thirties.

Unfortunately, Alaoui succumbed to her injuries sustained in the Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) terrorist attacks, only couple of days ago. She was among those (at least) 56  wounded and now joined those more than 30 killed.

Alaoui was born in Paris in 1982 and studied photography at City University of New York (CUNY) before spending time in Morocco and Lebanon.

Her work had been exhibited internationally in recent years, including at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, and was featured in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times and Vogue. Last couple of years she lived between Marrakech and Beirut.

One of her most beautiful projects was The Moroccans. About it, she…

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