Richard Man – Photography and Calligraphy

July 20, 2009

With a Twinkle in His Eyes, and Two Hands Across the Door

Filed under: photography — Tags: , , , — richard @ 6:30 am

Fan Ho,  (my wife says I look like a total fanboy in this picture, and it is true 🙂 ), gave a talk recently at ModernBook. He found places where the light and background might potentially give a top class image and then… waited, and waited, and waited, until the moment it clicked. He used a  Rolliflex and with the  large 6×6 negatives, he edited and cropped to get the images he wanted. You can tell by the twinkles in his eyes that he is always looking for something new and different:


A couple days ago, 20 of us had a book signing event in Modernbook. Her’s one of my favorite photos from that evening:

The rest of the photos here: Modernbook Events.


June 6, 2009

Fan Ho, Modernbook Gallery Reception

Filed under: photography — Tags: , , , , — richard @ 9:54 am

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.

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