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June 18, 2018

The Lost Vancouver: Fred Herzog's Early Color Street Photographs of Canada 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 The Guardian)



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