Text by Sylvia Ng
220 x 285 cm
In his images, Mak Fung created an invaluable account of Hong Kong’s evolution from the 1940s to the late 1990s. His depictions of everyday life in the formerly low-rise districts of Mongkok and Central are starting today. His salon photos of cinema stars of the 1960s similarly impress the modern viewer as poignant symbols of a simpler era.
About the Artist
Born in Hong Kong at the end of the First World War, Mak Fung’s (1918-2009) influence on photography in Hong Kong spanned its most formative decades. Entirely self-taught, from 1950-1980 Mak made a modest living as an accountant at a cotton mill, indulging his passion for photography for many years as an amateur. Eventually blossoming as a professional, he pioneered local photographic writing and publishing in both the artistic and popular spheres. His contributions to Photoart, Photo Pictorial, and the monthly Photography Express were particularly instrumental to introducing photography to a wide audience in Hong Kong and China.
About the Author
Sylvia Ng is a veteran member of the Hong Kong and mainland photographic scenes. A qualified associate of the Royal Photographic Society and the Photographic Society of Hong Kong, from 1980 she worked at Photo Pictorial, retiring as its chief editor in 2005. She subsequently served as deputy general manager of the Hong Kong China Tourism Press (2005-2007) and curator of the Lianzhou International (2005, 2009) and Dali International photography festivals (2009, 2010). In the past three decades, Ng efforts to promote photography have seen also her serve as editor of the Photographic Society of Hong Kong monthly (1987-1988), executive committee member of the Society of Worldwide Ethnic Chinese Photographers (1998-present), and secretary general of Hong Kong Photographers’ Chinese National Day Celebration Committee (2008-present). She is currently a freelance writer, curator and image rights manager of photographers Yau Leung and Mak Fung.
About the Publishers
Established in 2007, Asia One’s book imprint is one of the most prolific publishers on art and culture topics in Hong Kong. AOPP strives to create and offer works that represent Hong Kong’s creative scene as it develops, documenting its stories while showcasing its talented artists, photographers and designers. The Asia One publishing arm’s services and capabilities include editorial, design, colour management, ISBN applications, distribution and marketing.