Date
17 October 2017
Photographer Chan Kiu (inset, top) took this picture of Tony Caller and his then girlfriend So Yun-mai (inset, bottom) in 1961. Photo: Screen shots of Paul Yeung's Facebook account
Photographer Chan Kiu (inset, top) took this picture of Tony Caller and his then girlfriend So Yun-mai (inset, bottom) in 1961. Photo: Screen shots of Paul Yeung's Facebook account

Photojournalist, 90, awaits reunion with couple after 30 years

Chan Kiu, dubbed as a first-generation Hong Kong photojournalist, may be about to be reunited with a couple he had photographed after they last saw each other 30 years ago.

Thanks to social media, Chan, 90, is a step closer to resolving a story that goes back to 1961.

That year, when Chan was working for the South China Morning Post, he took a photo of Tony Caller, a British sailor stationed in Hong Kong, and his girlfriend So Yun-mai at a pier.

Caller was about to leave Hong Kong and return to Britain.

Caller and So later got married in the United Kingdom and settled in Hong Kong in 1975, hk01.com reports.

Chan had never seen them until 1979 after Caller, who worked for the then colonial government as a civil engineer, learned from a friend that the photo had been displayed at an exhibition.

The Callers and Chan got in touch and reunited.

In 1987, Chan took another photo of the couple to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

Although the couple hoped Chan would be able to take their golden anniversary photo in 2012, that did not materialize as he had moved to Canada by then.

Learning the story from Chan himself on Oct. 6, photographer Paul Yeung decided to help them meet again after 30 years to fulfill Chan’s wish, which was posted on his Facebook account on Tuesday afternoon with the hope that those who see it can provide help.

According to Yeung, he received a reply about five hours later from a foreigner, who offered to help find the Callers. The foreigner, together with Yeung, claimed to have found the Facebook account of the couple’s children.

Yeung said they are waiting for the other side to reply. Their identity cannot be verified as some of the information does not match.

Moreover, whether their reunion can happen remains uncertain since Chan is scheduled to leave Hong Kong this weekend.

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