Oct 3
~
Feb 28 2020

HONG KONG the way it was

2:00pm – 7:00pm
HK$100.00 (on the door)

Step back in time to old Hong Kong at F11’s new photography exhibition, ‘HONG KONG the way it was’.

F11 Foto Museum in Happy Valley is celebrating its 5th year with a special exhibit of classic pictures of Hong Kong taken almost 60 years ago.

Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken captured an incredible collection of photos during his 13-month round-the-world trip in 1959-1960. During this trip, he spent three weeks exploring and photographing life in Hong Kong, which he described as the “prettiest of harbour cities”.

Through his photos he captured a unique time in Hong Kong’s history, showing its growth and transition, with a true blend of tradition and modernity.

People with an interest in these nostalgic days will love the juxtaposition of old colonial architecture and iconic street scenes of daily life.

In 1989, a year before van der Elsken passed away, he went through his Hong Kong files again and rediscovered some pictures he had never printed. After spending five weeks in his dark room, Ed brought these valuable files back to life.

This is the first time that van der Elsken’s full ‘HONG KONG the way it was’ series is being displayed in its entirety.

The exhibition is open from 2pm to 7pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays, but closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays. Entry is HK$100.00, but advance tickets are not required.

A great way to really get a better understanding of both the photography and the time in which they were taken is to sign up for one of the weekly guided tours. The tours are available for free every Saturday, in English at 2:30pm, and Cantonese at 4:30pm. The groups are small—with only 10 spots available—so be sure to reserve your spot in advance to truly get a good insight into the photos on display.

F11 Foto Museum is a historical gem in and of itself, housed in a heritage building that dates back to the 1930s. The beautifully restored three-storey building was converted into the F11 Foto Museum in 2014, and houses a collection of rare photos, books and cameras.

Be sure to check out the rooftop, which is a lovely open-air garden with great views.

Related Events
  • film festival
    Mid
    Sep
    ~
    Early
    Oct

    Sundance Film Festival Hong Kong

    Film buffs are in for a treat in September, with the sixth edition of the Sundance Film Festival Hong Kong set to take the stage later this month. Highlights There are a dozen acclaimed movies being showcased in the 2019 […]

    HK$90.00 (advance sales)
  • victoria harbour fireworks
    Early
    Oct

    National Day Fireworks

    Cancelled

    One of Hong Kong’s three biggest fireworks displays—the others being New Year’s Eve in the Western calendar and Chinese New Year in the lunar calendar—the National Day celebrations are a huge event, taking place over Victoria Harbour. National Day is […]

    8:00am
  • Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Mid-Autumn Festival
    Sep 30
    ~
    Oct 2

    Tai Hang Fire Dragon

    A uniquely local Hong Kong festival, the Tai Hang Fire Dragon is an incredible spectacle that takes place during the Mid-Autumn Festival, in the village of Tai Hang, Causeway Bay. The legend goes that around 1880, the Tai Hang villagers […]

    Free
  • art exhibition
    Early
    Oct

    Ink Asia & Fine Art Asia

    Ink Asia prides itself on being the world’s first art fair solely dedicated to promoting the appreciation of the unique medium of ink art. This year’s event marks the 5th fair, which is again being held at the Hong Kong […]