Fan Ho, is a master photographer that understands light and composition like few other people. His collection of images from Hong Kong is luminous and captures an era that no longer exists – yet if you look hard enough, parts of Hong Kong still retain the memory of yesterday past.
There was a reception tonight on the occasion of the release of his second book by Modernbook Gallery. It was well attended and it was wonderful to see those large prints up close. The gelatin silver prints just glow, like they should under the hands of a master photographer and printer. Mr. Ho is also a very friendly person, taking time to sign books and interact with guests.
Of course being a dork that I am, I asked him what camera he used, which is a Twinlens Rolliflex. The square format (and large negatives) allows him to crop to his liking. I have wanted to meet him since I got his first book a couple years ago, knowing that he actually lives fairly close to me. I am glad I had the opportunity tonight.
A few more pictures here:
p.s. the film used is Ilford Delta 3200 set at ISO1600. Not bad at all for ISO1600!
p.p.s the last photo is taken with the ultra wide angle 43mm Mamiya7 II lens. This lens has a stellar reputation and it is easy to see why – no distortion even to the edge. Amazing lens.