Shoot Storytelling Street Photography Like Fan Ho

Learn about storytelling through Fan Ho’s masterful photographic techniques.

Through viewing the work of the late Fan Ho, we are reminded that intention is an important key in making a picture. In this video, Tatiana Hopper discusses how to leverage geometry in architecture along with light and shadow to your advantage, which is something that Fan Ho mastered.

Fan Ho (1931-2016) was a renowned Chinese photographer known for his captivating and evocative black and white street photography, particularly from the 1950s and 1960s. His work primarily focused on capturing the vibrant street life and everyday scenes of Hong Kong during a time of rapid urbanization and change. His photographs often featured the narrow alleyways, bustling markets, and intriguing characters of the city. He had a remarkable ability to use light and shadow to create dramatic and poetic compositions, which gave his images a unique and timeless quality.

Some of Fan Ho's most iconic photographs include those of people going about their daily routines, children playing in the streets, and ordinary moments that he transformed into extraordinary visual stories. His work often exuded a sense of nostalgia and a deep appreciation for the human experience in an urban environment.

To shoot like Fan Ho, you must embrace the essence of capturing the poetic beauty in everyday life. Start by mastering the use of light and shadow, a hallmark of his work. Understand the interplay between natural and artificial light sources, utilizing them to create compelling contrasts. He also had a knack for framing his subjects within their environments, often using architectural elements to add depth and intrigue.

One thing is sure: if you want to shoot street photography just like Fan Ho, patience is key. Fan Ho waited for the perfect moments, seeking authenticity in his subjects' expressions and actions. Get out there and start shooting!

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Kim Simpson is a photographer based in the West of Scotland. Her photographic practice is an exploration of the human experience, with a particular emphasis on themes of identity and belonging.

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Nice content but the setting of the video against a blank wall with that framing is just horrible. Hard to watch a video about artistic content when so little effort has been made with the the production of the video itself

Never have I heard such a ridiculous statement. It's very clear to see the effort Tatiana puts into her videos and they must take her quite some time to film and put together. There are plenty of photography YouTubers who's videos don't come anywhere near to the level of effort seen in her videos. You really are unfairly nitpicking.

I really enjoyed the discussion in the video and a chance to learn more about Fan Ho. Tatiana has a great mind, and I am not at all concerned that she doesn't waste time putting together an "influencer-worthy" lighting set up. I quite enjoy the relaxed presentation method for a change. Youtube would be a very boring place if everyone had the same set up.

It is a pity the blank wall didn't meet your approval and artistic aesthetic. Perhaps you can posting something better? Maybe something with a "Wes Anderson" flare?