Text by Sylvia Ng
22 cm x 28.5 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 startling 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 Publisher:
Asia One is a fine art publishing house established in 2007. It is based in Hong Kong.
Book Materials and Specifications:
Hardcover book with stitched perfect binding and white end papers glued down. Title on the grey front cover is indented in black and is covered with cloth.
Plates sizes in this book range from 4″ x 7.5″ to 4″ x 10″. Standard photobook layout for the majority of the book, with a caption on the left page and the image on the right. Unusual textured paper for the essay at the start of the book.