The Master of Shadows – Fan Ho

This article is to have a sneak peek into the works of a Master photographer, Mr. Fan Ho. He started with photography, later he became a director and after that he also acted in a couple of movies.

Interesting Coincidence: When Fan Ho was born Ansel Adams had his first Solo Exhibition. 

But I think, he made lot of impact through his photographs. Especially in the Hong-Kong streets. He played with shadows as his photographs are evident about it. There are lot of photographs from him which especially talks about shadows and lights and how to approach shadows.

Especially the one he shot with his niece in the frame and everyone knows about that photograph(below).

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The photograph below is the one I like the most which a cute little girl who appears to be drawing something on her note book with her backgrounds being chaotic. There are lot of drainage pipes, in the background of the building. But she just minds her own job. I think it is a very interesting photograph from him.

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Another photograph which I like the most from him is “Private”, a simple portrait oriented photograph. On the right side bottom there is a board which states “Private”. And on the top left, you can see a couple looking at each others eyes. If you could connect the both, I think he conveys the story very well.

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He also talks about scale, in photography. If you look at the photograph below, he brings in 3 different sizes of ships/boats inside the frame. One is a huge ship which is not completely in the frame. There is another boat which is much smaller than the ship, I suppose it would be a fishing boat. And then, there is a tiny boat, with one man, waiting on the water. I think this perfectly conveys the scale in photography.

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Talking about masters and their works makes us dig up more masters and their photographs.

 

Disclaimer 1: The copyrights of all the above Photographs remains with the photographer Fan Ho or whomsoever he has transferred it to.

Disclaimer 2: The deconstruction of the above Photographs are purely from the author’s perspective.

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