Friday, February 26, 2021

Fred Herzog's Early Color Street Photographs of Vancouver From the 1950s and 1960s

 


Fred Herzog arrived in Vancouver in 1953. The young German immigrant was fascinated by all aspects of Canadian life, and set out to document it with his camera. He worked as a medical photographer by day, and on evenings and weekends he took his camera to the streets, documenting daily life.


A pioneer of color photography, Herzog largely worked with Kodachrome, a slide film that was tricky to use in a spontaneous fashion, and required expensive developing in specialist labs. He was never able to make satisfactory prints from his slides, but digital inkjets have enabled him to print and exhibit early work.



Family on Lawn, 1959




Elysium Cleaners, 1958


Hastings and Columbia Street, 1958


Paris Cafe, 1959


Squatter, Railroad Tracks, 1961


Boys on Shed, 1962


Howe and Nelson, 1960


Newspaper Readers, 1961


Second Hand Shop, Cordova, 1961


New World Confectionery, 1965


Rooming House, 1975




(Photos: Fred Herzog/Vancouver Art Gallery, via TheGuardian.com) 






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