The Frank Fischbeck Collection at HKU Libraries

The Frank Fischbeck Collection at HKU Libraries
The Frank Fischbeck Collection at HKU Libraries. A visual record of Hong Kong story from 1860s to 1997.

January 2021

The Frank Fischbeck Collection at HKU Libraries
Frank Fischbeck

FormAsia Books Managing Director Frank Fischbeck’s photographs have won him the Overseas Press Club of America citation for his work in China. As a photojournalist, it came as second nature to chronicle the city’s evolution as it unfolded before him over succeeding decades. Together with his extensive travels throughout the region, this has resulted in a collection of some 24,000 images that have recorded and preserved Hong Kong’s modern history as well as the immense diversity of Asia’s cultural heritage.

The Frank Fischbeck Collection consists of:

  1. Albumen / Silver / Gelatin Original Photographs (1,000)
  2. Rare Albumen Prints (125)
  3. Historic Panorama Prints (20)
  4. The Black & White Collection: 8,000 Photographs with Original Negatives
  5. The Colour Collection: 15,000 Transparencies
  6. High-Resolution Digital Files (5,000)

An online exhibition highlights a small segment of the collection based on Frank’s personal choices and is presented through six themes:

1. The Early Years4. Air, Land and Sea
2. Occupation and Liberation of Hong Kong5. Portraits
3. 1967 Disturbances6. Path to 1997

More available on Digital Repository @ HKUL
HKU Libraries will store, preserve, catalogue, digitise and maintain the Collection for contributing to society and academia through exhibitions, digital access and other means of nurturing interest in Hong Kong’s rich history.

The acquisition of the collection is made possible by the generous donations from benefactors eager to see the collection remain in Hong Kong, intact and based at The University of Hong Kong:

Principal donor :WYNG Foundation
Additional donors :Kadoorie Charitable Foundation
The Swire Group Charitable Trust
Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation Limited
Simon K Y Lee Foundation Limited
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