I had worked in Hong Kong’s biggest film company, an organization concerned solely with box office. You had no creative choice but to make whatever the boss asked you. In photography, I was able to free myself from that bondage, freely expressing myself. To young artists: don’t be driven by the economic incentives of the society, but be true to yourself.
(Excerpted from http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/2/9/15/n215710.htm)
Ho Fan was born in Shanghai in 1937 and grew up in Hong Kong, graduating from the Chinese Department of New Asia College, the predecessor of Chinese University. Fond of photography while in school, he became one of Hong Kong’s best known photographers, winning 267 international awards between 1954 and 1969, and had published many volumes of photography, including Thoughts on Street Photography (1960), Modern Photography (1972), Complete Collection of Ho Fan’s International Award-Winning Photographic Art (1982), Hong Kong Yesterday (2006) and Living Theatre (2009).
Ho joined Shaw Brothers in 1961, first doing continuity on the film The Swallow (1961), then as an actor, working his way from supporting roles to lead character in The Monkey Goes West (1966), followed by appearances in the film’s sequels Princess Iron Fan (1966), The Cave of Silken Web (1967) and Land of Many Perfumes (1968).
Ho was interested in directing early on. His experimental film Gulf (1965) won an award at a film festival in England and Lost (1969, co-directed with Sun Po-ling) was shown in Cannes.
He made his feature debut with Love and Blood (1973), followed by a steady lineup of films in the 1970s through the mid 1990s, mostly erotic films or romances. True to Ho’s devotion to photography, his work is marked by pictorial beauty. Key works include Adventure in Denmark (1973), The Miserable Girl (1975), Girl with the Long Hair (1975), Innocent Lost (1977), Taipei, My Love (1980), Expensive Taste (1982), Lock of Heart (1987), Yu Pu Tsuen (1987), Temptation Summary (1980), Hidden Desire (1992) and Sichuan Concubines (1994).
Since 1982, Ho had been teaching at universities in Taiwan, lecturing on photography and film. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1995 and had staged exhibitions of his work in New York and San Francisco. In 2012, he was named by Invisible Photographer Asia as one of Asia’s most influential photographers.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Wild at Heart||CHIN Man Kei Cash|
||Temptation Summary II|
||L'Air Du Temps|
||Lock of Heart|
||Yu Pu Tsuen|
||Taipei, My Love|
||The Notorious Frameup|
(Segment: Bed )
|Sexy Late Homecomers|
||Hello, Sexy Late Homecomers||HSIA Tsu Hui WONG Fung HUA Shan LI Han Hsiang SUEN Chung|
||Hello Sexy Late Homecomers||WONG Fung HUA Shan HSIA Tsu Hui LI Han Hsiang SUEN Chung|
||Body For Sale|
||The Miserable Girl|
||Girl with the Long Hair|
||The Adventurous Air-Steward|
||Adventure in Denmark|
||Love and Blood|