Fan Ho (1937-2016) was born on October 8, 1937 in Shanghai,China but immigrated with his family to Hong Kong at an early age. Ho beganphotographing at a young age with a Rolleiflex camera his father gave him. Hewas a self-taught photographer and displayed photos depicting the urban HongKong lifestyle, explored alleys, slums, markets and streets. He developed hisimages in the family bathtub and soon built up a significant amount of work,showing Hong Kong in the 50’s and 60’s as it was becoming a major metropolitancenter. Ho had been invited bytwelve universities in Taiwan and Hong Kong to teach students about film-makingand photography. He wrote five books with one of them containing all his award-winningprints that are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. Ho’slasted book is The Living Theatre and has been done by the MB Editions.
Fan Hoalso became an accomplished and acclaimed Hong Kong film director. He won the”Best Film Award” in the Banbury International Film Festival in England. Threeof his films have received the “Official Selection” of the International FilmFestivals of Cannes, Berlin, and San Francisco, and five of his films have beenselected in the “Permanent Collection” of the National Film Archives of Taiwanand Hong Kong. He was also elected as a judge of the Taiwan Golden Horse FilmFestival and Hong Kong Oscar Film Award. Fan Hospent the 1950’s and 60’s taking photos of street life in Hong Kong.
Hisphotographs showed the metropolitan city in a way that many had never seenbefore. Ho moved to Hong Kong from Shanghai in 1949. The challenges he facedwere different from those faced by photographers today. He once told the SouthChina Morning Post that a pig butcher wanted his spirit back and threatened to”chop him” with a knife. Fan Ho Co-founded Inapac Technology, Inc.and served as its Vice President of Operations.
Prior to founding Inapac, Mr.Ho worked at NeoMagic Corporation, G-LINK Technology and Micron Technology. Heheld 6 US patents. Ho obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineeringfrom Washington State University. He died on June 19, 2016 in San Jose,California.