Medical Mission By Brian Ho

Medical Mission

By Brian Ho

Hello team Huff!

I first entered photography with a manual 1960s honey-well Pentax and 50mm lens in medical school. It was my uncles and an easy way to collect some credits. I soon expand to a canon 40d, and then the 5d mark II (85 f1.2 lens). However that 5000$ system would often sit at home and only taken out occasionally. I then read your article on the RX1 and RX100 and bought both of those at once with the slush funds of selling my previous canon system. I really loved the RX1, but longed for a little flexibility in interchangeability.

I then switched to the sony A7 and Leica summilux 50 f1.4. But for some reason I couldn’t shake my nostalgia for the RX1 and its images and feel of the camera. The Leica A7 combination felt imbalanced to me (literally b/c of the lens weight and artistically), and i re-invested in the Rx1 and sold the A7. I kept the leica lens though, maybe it’ll get me into the next leica system.

I am a Otolaryngology head/neck surgeon and recently returned from a medical missions trip in Peru. Medicine has really inhibited my interested in the arts, but photography is easily included for documentation purposes. So i hope that you guys enjoy some of my photos, with minimal touch-up and cropping. I think that the operating theater is a place that few people ever get to see the joys and awe of. It’s a place where the lighting is dramatic and where a lot of miracles happen.







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  1. These pictures are balm for the soul, that’s what a camera is made for.
    Fantastic project and wonderful camera work.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Hi Brian,

    I wonder if you got the consent from those patients for disclosing these photos to general public. When you took the photos as a doctor (but not a journalist), your patients would expect the photos would be for academic or medical use only unless they agreed for other purpose.

    It is unethical to disclose these photos involving patient in hospital.

  3. Hi Brian,

    I wonder if you got the consent from those patients to disclose these photos to public. When you are taking the photos as a doctor, but not a jornalist, the patient may be presumed that your photos would be for academic or medical use only but not for sharing in the public and internet.

    If you did not got the consent, it is unethical to share these photos to general public as so called “art”.

    Hi Steve,

    Be aware of this issue when photos are involving patients in hospital. Sometime you may get trouble from providing a media to share these kind of photos.


  4. Very nice pictures! I’ve been following this site for a couple of years now, and must admit that this post is one of the ones that have struck me the most! 🙂 Thank you for your post!

  5. Wow amazing photos…really amazing and also doing medical work that is helping people. You should be extremely happy with you’re self 🙂 The pictures are stunning to me, as the photography that I love and dabble in is street and documentary photo journalism



  6. There is a time and a place for B&W and this is one great example. Lovely. And nice to see some proper old fashioned documentary work too.

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