Teenage Photographer Captures Life In Hong Kong In The 1950s

Street photography is nothing like shooting in the studio, because you're capturing life in the moment and shooting from a bystander's perspective with no control over the scene.

And if your photos capture an important era in a city's history then you become part of that history, an accidental historian sharing what you saw with the world.

Photographer Fan Ho came to Hong Kong from Shanghai in 1949, and the twelve-year-old shutter bug immediately became infatuated with his new home, which had recently returned to British rule. 

Things were changing in Hong Kong, as a city once left in the past experienced a period of rapid industrialization and became a major metropolitan center, and Fan was there to capture images of life in the city during its transformation.

Fan's street photos from the 50s and 60s are known collectively as Hong Kong Yesterday, an up close look at life in the city which Fan masterfully photographed and developed in the family bath tub.

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