This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ho.

Fan Ho (Chinese: 何藩; Jyutping: ho faan; 8 Oct, 1931 – 19 June 2016); celebrated Chinese photographer, film director, and actor. From 1956, he won over 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide for his photography.

Born in Shanghai in 1931, and emigrated with his family to Hong Kong in 1949. At the outbreak of war in 1941, Ho's parents were stranded in Macau for several years and Ho was left in the care of a family servant. Ho began photographing at a very young age with a Brownie which his father had left at home, and later with a Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera his father gave him when he was 14. Largely self-taught, his photos display a fascination with urban life, explored alleys, slums, markets and streets. Much of his work consists of candid photographs of street vendors and children only a few years younger than himself. He developed his images in the family bathtub and soon built up a significant body of work, chronicling Hong Kong in the 1950s and 1960s as it was becoming a major metropolitan center. Ho would use the same Rolleiflex K4A throughout his career.

... "I've always believed that any work of art should stem from genuine feelings and understandings ... I didn't work with any sense of purpose. As an artist, I was only looking to express myself. I did it to share my feelings with the audience. I need to be touched emotionally to come up with meaningful works. When the work resonates with the audience, it's a satisfaction that money can't buy. My purpose is simple: I try not to waste my audience's time." [Laughs]
— Ho Fan, 2014 interview with Edmund Lee

Upon seeing Ho's work for the first time in 2006, gallery owner Laurence Miller commented that "[they] felt like direct descendants of the Bauhaus, yet they were made in Hong Kong. They were abstract and humanistic at the same time."

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