Immortal Snapshots of 1950s Hong Kong Captured by a Teenager
These immortal snapshots of 1950’s Hong Kong captured by a teenager really take us back to a time when the world was a completely different place than it is today. Politically, mentally and socially speaking, the entire world had other values and aspirations than our modern society.
Ho Fan is the talented teenage photographer who arrived in Hong Kong, from Shangai, in 1949. His most valuable possession at the time was a Rolleiflex photo camera. This is the tool he used to capture these immortal photographs of Hong Kong, which stand today as a testimonial to what life was like over 60 years ago in the former British colony.
When Ho Fan started photographing the city, he didn’t focus on the popular attractions and landmarks. He wanted to show how the city looked like through his lenses, and managed to draw a very revealing reality of what people used to do on a daily basis.
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We can hardly wait another 60 years to see what teenagers from today will come up with.
The 1950’s were crazy times to be alive, especially if you were living in Hong Kong, which was one of the fastest changing cities of the time, due to heavy industrialization.
The entire photo series captured by Ho Fan is available in the photographer’s book, entitled ‘A Hong Kong Memoir’, and it can be purchased online, right here.