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Monthly Masters' Discussion - November 2018 - Fan Ho's "Approaching Shadow"

Post by minniev » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:38 am

Introduction

Born in Shanghai in 1931, photographer Fan Ho won nearly 300 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide between 1950's and 1960's (a span of 20 years). Ho was elected Fellow of the Photographic Society of America, and was selected as honorary member in photographic societies of a dozen other countries. He exhibited in museums and galleries across the globe. He was taught the art of film-making and photography at the university level. He wrote five books. He was also an acclaimed Hong Kong film director who won many film awards in national and international competitions. Fan Ho’s creative style is unique, full of lyrical beauty, dramatic power, and poetic grandeur. Ho died in June 2016 in San Jose, California where he resided with his family.

Please check out the links on this Master and look at some of his other work. Most of us won’t be familiar with him, and I think you’ll enjoy the discovery. Though we comment on single images here, many of the images we share in the Masters’ project are best enjoyed in the context of the artist’s larger body of work.

Questions to Guide Your Thinking
What do think of “Approaching Shadow”? Here are some questions to help guide your thinking about this image and the work of this artist.
1. What do you think of the composition? The subject? The use of light? Would you want this image on your wall? Why or why not?
2. Is this image maximally effective in monochrome? Do you think it would have been equally effective in color? Why or why not?
3. This is a street image from Hong Kong, taken in the 1950’s. Do street images resonate beyond their country and their time period? Or is effectiveness confined to those times and areas we are most familiar with? Why or why not?
4. Eric Kim believes Fan Ho was better than Cartier-Bresson. Read his article linked below. Do you agree? Why or why not?
5. Does Ho’s film-making skill show up in his photography? We read a lot about cinematic approaches in today’s photography. Was Ho an early practitioner? Explain.
6. Do you make images that are reminiscent of this style? Do you see this style reflected in photographers you follow today? If you’d like to link or post an image to illustrate, please give a brief explanation.

Links for Further Study

https://fanhophotography.com/index.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_Ho
http://erickimphotography.com/blog/fan-ho/
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-mag ... -found-his
https://medium.com/@arshdeep.nz/study-t ... c933bfb120
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/fan-h ... index.html
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:57 pm

I find it hard for me to concentrate and answer all of these questions.

Does that image work, it sure does for me! Fan Ho was a Master Photographer, have a few of his books, learn from his images and wish I had a few of his prints for my BW Collection.
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Post by minniev » Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:45 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:57 pm
I find it hard for me to concentrate and answer all of these questions.

Does that image work, it sure does for me! Fan Ho was a Master Photographer, have a few of his books, learn from his images and wish I had a few of his prints for my BW Collection.
The questions are always optional Ernst! Whatever comment anyone wants to make is fine!

I agree and really enjoyed going through his works to do this thread.
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