Fan Ho (何藩)

This post is not about me, but is another person work that I often go back to. His work has inspired many people, and it continue to inspire me. Everytime I go back to his books, I found new things to pick up. I want to share this inspiration, and I hope it inspire you too.

I will let his photographs do the talk, and I will share some resources at the end of the post. I have no affiliation to any resources, I just wish to share about the photographer who inspire me. There are more resources out there, and I highly recommend you to find out more. In my opinion, his work is timeless, moving, and at times daunting.

Fan Ho (何藩). More information: Fan Ho, Modernbook. Images credited to: PetaPixel, South China Morning Post

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Fan Ho (何藩)

If you collect photography book, you might want to look at his new publication: A Hong Kong Memoir. I look forward to add this to my small library.

1. Burgett, G. (2014, August 25). Fan Ho’s Fantastic Black-and-White Street Photographs of 1950s Hong Kong. PetaPixel. Retrieved from

2. Nip, A. (2014, August 11). Street life: Hong Kong in the 1950s as seen through a teenage photographer’s lens. South China Morning Post. Retrieved from

3. demilked. (2014, August 27). 1950s Hong Kong Street Life Captured By Fan Ho. Retrieved from

Fan Ho’s Publications
1. Hong Kong Yesterday
2. The Living Theatre
3. A Hong Kong Memoir

Other resources:
1. Fan Ho interview by Leica Liker
2. Evening with Fan Ho
3. Fan Ho – Inspiration from Masters of Photography
4. 1950’s Hong Kong inspires new photography series by Fan Ho
5. Fan Ho, Part II: Street scenes in dreamy colour 1954-2004
6. 1950s Hong Kong captured in street photography by Fan Ho
7. Fan Ho: finding love and light in 1950s Hong Kong – in pictures

Fan Ho (何藩)

Sanjusangendo (三十三間堂)

Sanjusangendo (三十三間堂) temple is popular for its 1001 statues of the goddess of mercy. The temple hall is made up of wooden structure and is reported 120 meters long. Very impressive sight. In the hall, visitors can worship and make wishes. Within the hall, photography is prohibited, and the staffs are everywhere to check. The photo below is just a glimpse of it.


The temple is not far from Kyoto station, so I decide to walk all the way to Kyoto station. It’s pretty interesting to going around streets. You get to see different people, things people are doing, types of housing, and people cycling everywhere. It’s winter, so it starts to get dark after about 4 pm.


This is the only shot of city lights I manage to get when I reached Kyoto Tower.


Sanjusangendo (三十三間堂)

Osaka Castle (大阪城)

Osaka Castle (大阪城) is the only side trip that I manage to visit when I was in Kyoto. This is one of the sites that I think online media, photography or video of the castle don’t really do justice to its beauty. It’s totally a different appreciation when visiting the castle in person. I spent some good time there learning about the history of the castle, and the museum itself is quite informative.




Osaka Castle (大阪城)

Kinkakuji (金閣寺)

It’s been a while since the last update. Hopefully I can have more time to work on my photos.

Kinkakuji (金閣寺), also known as Golden Pavilion, is well-known for its golden structure that are covered in gold leaf. Unfortunately the zen temple is out of bound. I was lucky to be able to capture a few moments before it starts drizzling. Pictures were taken in mid Dec 2013. I hope to visit again in Feb to see the structure cover with snow.

After the pavilion exit, there is a Fudo Hall where I spent some time there praying.



Kinkakuji (金閣寺)

Kiyomizudera (清水寺)

Kiyomizudera (清水寺), one of the UNESCO World heritage sites, is well-known for its wooden buildings architecture and the way it was built. I spent some good time there and really fascinated by the architecture. The site is also beautiful in the night, just different. At the present, some of the buildings are under renovation. These pictures were taken in Dec 2013.


Koyasu Pagoda can be viewed from the main hall of Kiyomizudera.116


Jishu Shrine, deity of love and matchmaking.



Otowa waterfall. It is said that each stream’s water brings benefit of longevity, success at school and a fortunate love life.119



Outside Kiyomizudera. Love the crowded street.20

Kiyomizudera (清水寺)