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Fan Ho's Bounded Light

One way to capture light is to surround it with darkness. 

Fan Ho's Bounded Light

The photographs of Fan Ho, who explored Hong Kong in the 1950s, often use this principle.

Fan Ho's Bounded Light

Within the area of light, the dark elements are lightened by backlit atmosphere. 

Fan Ho's Bounded Light

The light patch coheres as a single shape, with dark elements jutting into it.

Fan Ho's Bounded Light

The light enters the dark space and casts shadows from each of the forms.

Fan Ho's Bounded Light

The key figure appears backlit in the central region of light.  

Fan Ho's Bounded Light

If you follow around the outside border, it's almost all in deep shadow.

Fan Ho's Bounded Light

The charcoal fires and cigarette smoke made for bad air quality, but it was a gift to photographers.

Fan Ho's Bounded Light

When he introduces color into this scheme, it's a revelation.

Books: 

Portrait of Hong Kong 念香港人的舊 

Fan Ho's Bounded Light

Magnum Contact Sheets 

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3 Comments on Gurney Journey: Fan Ho's Bounded Light

  • Unknown
    on November 28, 2020 | 02:19 Unknownsaid :
    "Fantastic post - thank you.The shapes of light are wonderful."
  • Anonymous
    on November 28, 2020 | 17:52 Anonymoussaid :
    "Many thanks, James, stunning photo choices and lets us really see into and feel how people in Hong Kong lived.
    Melodie"
  • Warren JB
    on November 29, 2020 | 20:51 Warren JBsaid :
    "Very much like these. Like real-life Doré engravings."
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