Powerful Black and White Photos of Hong Kong in the 1950’s and ’60s

Powerful Black and White Photos of Hong Kong in the 1950’s and ’60s

From a very young age, self-taught Chinese photographer Fan Ho began documenting the world around him. In this collection of work, titled Hong Kong Yesterday, he captured the essence of the city throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He was fascinated by the hustle and bustle of the urban environment and enjoyed breathing in the fresh air as he wandered and explored.

Every one of his black and white images was very purposeful. Ho would sometimes find a spot that had good light and he would wait for his subjects to appear, rather than the other way around. As a result, his work is filled with captivating lights and shadows that produce visually striking patterns and arrangements throughout the compositions.

Ho had many adventures during his time on the streets. “Catching me in action, some girls combed their hair and asked me to take their photos again,” he said. While, at other times, people were not so amenable. Ho recalls one experience with a butcher: “With a knife in his hand, a pig butcher said he would chop me. He wanted his spirit back.”