Stunning black and white photos of Hong Kong in the 1950s and ’60s

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Hong Kong is the epitome of the modern city. Crammed onto a series of islands and a chunk of the Chinese mainland, seemingly every inch is taken up with tower blocks, traffic-clogged streets, passages, tunnels and stairways, lots of stairways. 

In the 1950s and 60s, the city was undergoing a huge period of transformation as the old British empire port expanded – largely upwards – into a centre of world finance. Self-taught, local photographer Fan Ho was there to capture it all, lurking for hours on end to capture the perfect shot. 

His Hong Kong is a misty, mysterios place, full of shadows, smoke and silhouettes – moments of stillmess in the relentless, ever-moving city. It is magnificent. 

If you'd like to find out more about Fan Ho, and buy some of his books, go to  www.fanhophotography.com.

Tip: My Modern Met








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