Modernbook Editions, 2021
Hardback, 29 x 25 cm
112 pages, 70 black and white photographs
Available upon request (waiting time: 20 days)
Hong Kong Yesterday is the first in a trilogy of publications showing images of Hong Kong taken by Fan Ho in the 1950s and 1960s. These photographs capture a transitional era in which the city first opened up to ‘westernisation’.
Slums, alleyways, pedestrian crossings, waterways as well as businessmen, families and dock workers are elegantly captured by Fan Ho’s ingenious use of light and composition to create scenes that are full of romance and poetry, yet impartial in their depiction of the realities of everyday life.
The images beautifully capture an almost forgotten memory of modern-day Hong Kong, a precious visual record of the history and culture of a city told through the images of a great Chinese photographer.