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12/28/2021 06:53:25 PM · #1
Fan Ho
12/28/2021 07:19:31 PM · #2
Fan Ho is one of my favorite photographers, but I was very surprised (and yes, somewhat disappointed) that the diagonal shadow in his most famous 1954 photo ("Approaching Shadow") was apparently simply added in the darkroom. However, as far as I know, he did not suffer a backlash similar to Robert Doisneau's after it was discovered that he staged his famous "Kiss."
12/28/2021 07:25:39 PM · #3
Originally posted by LevT:

Fan Ho is one of my favorite photographers, but I was very surprised (and yes, somewhat disappointed) that the diagonal shadow in his most famous 1954 photo ("Approaching Shadow") was apparently simply added in the darkroom. However, as far as I know, he did not suffer a backlash similar to Robert Doisneau's after it was discovered that he staged his famous "Kiss."

It's worth knowing that the shadow is, literally, impossible. The scene-as-a-whole is lit by raking light across the facing wall and the high points on that wall in the shadowed area are showing that the light is, indeed, raking, but how could this be if that portion of the wall were in shadow? Regardless, a gorgeous image.
12/28/2021 07:31:19 PM · #4
As the cited article points out, photoshopping was considered by the artist as part of his art. Maybe this is not a critical artistic issue, but for me the serendipity of an unedited capture ...

But who is to know? Maybe only the photographer. So, maybe you should be that photographer. As indeed Lev is.
12/29/2021 06:53:29 PM · #5
He chased the decisive moment, finding and portraying it is the ultimate goal of every street photographer.
How one is able to capture it, believably, is the secret. Kind of like “only the hairdresser knows for sure”. I’m a big fan. Thanks Tiberius.
12/29/2021 09:47:59 PM · #6
Originally posted by Tiberius:

Fan Ho

I just took the time to read / view that article. Loved it! Thanks for sharing that link.
12/29/2021 10:22:36 PM · #7
Originally posted by LevT:

Fan Ho is one of my favorite photographers, but I was very surprised (and yes, somewhat disappointed) that the diagonal shadow in his most famous 1954 photo ("Approaching Shadow") was apparently simply added in the darkroom. However, as far as I know, he did not suffer a backlash similar to Robert Doisneau's after it was discovered that he staged his famous "Kiss."

The Kiss
01/04/2022 09:14:52 PM · #8
Whoa...

That's some stuff.
01/05/2022 02:47:53 PM · #9
I was totally stunned by his photography. I saw somewhere his "Approaching Shadow" only which is not my favorite but still a formidable take.
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