Located in Happy Valley, F11 Foto Museum occupies a fully restored three-storey building from the 1930s. While retaining many of the building’s Art Deco architectural features, the restoration has blended in many elements of photography.
F11’s founder and director, Douglas So JP, is passionate about photography and heritage conservation. A corporate lawyer by profession, Douglas was formerly the Executive Director of Charities at The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Vice-President at The University of Hong Kong in charge of institutional advancement. He is currently Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, which advises the Hong Kong Government on matters relating to archaeology and heritage buildings.
The vision of F11 Foto Museum is to promote photography through well-curated exhibitions of rare cameras, books and photos. It is also hoped that housing the Museum in a Grade 3 historical building would encourage more private conservation and revitalisation of heritage buildings in Hong Kong.
While the ground and first floors are dedicated to photo exhibitions, the second floor showcases rare camera equipment. The Museum is also home to nearly 1,500 photo books, including many rare signed editions and maquettes. The rooftop is a green oasis in the midst of tall buildings.