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    Photographs Of Hong Kong In The 1950s Taken By A Teenager

    These stunning photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s are captured beautifully by a teenager. Ho Fan who arrived from Shanghai in 1949. The streets, filled with vendors, coolies and rickshaw drivers, fascinated Ho. Taking pictures in a studio was the norm then, but the Ho was more interested in random, candid shots of strangers. His targets, however, did not always smile into the lens of his Rolleiflex. But it is great street photography that gives a peek into daily life in Hong Kong at that time. The photography is part of his book “A Hong Kong Memoir”
















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    Wow!!!

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    Super! I like the first one best.

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    Nice collection, Chang...

    Thanks for sharing the period images.

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    Stunning.

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    Fantastic. (I see they haven't changed the scaffolding method).




    I look at photos of people like this guys reading the newspapers with some sort of melancholy for some reason.
    Then they got old and died but that was a moment in the sun captured forever.
    Last edited by Cujo; 09-02-2016 at 12:05 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo
    I look at photos of people like this guys reading the newspapers with some sort of melancholy for some reason.
    They're just old skool for the peeps you see brandishing mobile phones and being ignorant nowadays

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    The first thing I noticed in those pics was the lack of hawkers

    2 million lived in HK back in 1950, it's near 7 mill now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo
    I look at photos of people like this guys reading the newspapers with some sort of melancholy for some reason.
    They're just old skool for the peeps you see brandishing mobile phones and being ignorant nowadays

    'Brandishing mobile phones' ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo
    Brandishing mobile phones' ?
    You haven't met my missus...

    The only way to get into my iPhone is via my thumbprint or a 6 figure passcode

    Try and guess how she got in and used it as a modern day Millwall brick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo
    Brandishing mobile phones' ?
    You haven't met my missus...

    The only way to get into my iPhone is via my thumbprint or a 6 figure passcode

    Try and guess how she got in and used it as a modern day Millwall brick
    You was passed out after Tods party through consuming a barrel of Leo and she craftily used your thumbprint whilst you was in the middle of a sweet dream?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    she craftily used your thumbprint whilst you was in the middle of a sweet dream
    Who would think of that ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    she craftily used your thumbprint whilst you was in the middle of a sweet dream
    Who would think of that ?
    You want to use some protection before you go to bed, get yourself a pair of these and she'll not mess with your thumbprint again..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo
    Brandishing mobile phones' ?
    You haven't met my missus...

    The only way to get into my iPhone is via my thumbprint or a 6 figure passcode

    Try and guess how she got in and used it as a modern day Millwall brick
    brilliant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    The first thing I noticed in those pics was the lack of hawkers

    HK Hawkers today - this morning actually


    CNBC: "Riot police used batons and pepper spray early on Tuesday to disperse crowds after clashes erupted when authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a working-class district, the worst street violence since pro-democracy protests in late 2014.
    Protesters hurled bricks at police as scuffles broke out, while other demonstrators set fire to rubbish bins in the streets of Mong Kok, a gritty neighborhood just across the harbor from the heart of the Asian financial center.
    Police fired two shots into the air, a police spokeswoman said, amid chaotic scenes. Rubbish bins, chunks of brick and broken bottles lay scattered along the world-famous Nathan Road shopping strip on Tuesday morning.
    About 40 police vans were parked nearby.
    The clashes broke out after police moved in to clear "hawkers", or illegal vendors who sell local delicacies, trinkets and household goods from makeshift streetside stalls."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobfish View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    The first thing I noticed in those pics was the lack of hawkers

    HK Hawkers today - this morning actually


    CNBC: "Riot police used batons and pepper spray early on Tuesday to disperse crowds after clashes erupted when authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a working-class district, the worst street violence since pro-democracy protests in late 2014.
    Protesters hurled bricks at police as scuffles broke out, while other demonstrators set fire to rubbish bins in the streets of Mong Kok, a gritty neighborhood just across the harbor from the heart of the Asian financial center.
    Police fired two shots into the air, a police spokeswoman said, amid chaotic scenes. Rubbish bins, chunks of brick and broken bottles lay scattered along the world-famous Nathan Road shopping strip on Tuesday morning.
    About 40 police vans were parked nearby.
    The clashes broke out after police moved in to clear "hawkers", or illegal vendors who sell local delicacies, trinkets and household goods from makeshift streetside stalls."
    Hong Kong police will hold an inquiry to determine whether it was appropriate for an officer to fire two warning shots during unrest in Mong Kok.
    Two handgun shots were fired into the air as hundreds of people clashed with police on Monday night.
    The unrest began when officials began an operation to clear out unlicensed street food stalls.
    More than 90 people, mostly police officers and reporters, were injured and dozens of people were arrested.
    Protesters threw bricks and bottles at police, who were using batons and pepper spray.
    Despite the attempted crackdown, food stalls were operating as usual again on Tuesday evening.
    So that;s that then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    I look at photos of people like this guys reading the newspapers with some sort of melancholy for some reason.
    Then they got old and died but that was a moment in the sun captured forever.
    Yeah that kind of thing creeps me out. There they were, sat there reading the paper on a typical day in a long life. But you can be sure that every one of them is dead now, and has been through that traumatic event.


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    Photographs Of Hong Kong In The 1950s Taken By A Teenager


    Brilliant find Ccc.

    The right time, the right place,
    B & W photographs are very special indeed.

    These are outstanding.

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    Nice, thanks for sharing @chittychangchang

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    Great collection. Was i and around HK in the early fifties, very reminiscent!

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    My dad took this photo of a 7 year old boy in Tsim Sha Tsui in 1959. Its at the corner of Granville and Nathan Rds. It sure does not look like this anymore.


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    How did he know the boy was 7?
    They really should have kept more of those monument landmarks.

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    I am sure the father knew the boy. And now the boy should be one who is "aging" well, I reckon.

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    ^ My thoughts, as well...And a fine looking lad, indeed...

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