Vancouver Art Gallery and Douglas & McIntyre
9.3" x 11.2"
Authors: Grant T. Arnold and Michael Turner
Iconic and influential colour images of Vancouver street life from a master photographer who has spent the past fifty years documenting the city. Fred Herzog's eye dwells on the raw urban underbelly of the city: second-hand shops, vacant lots, barber shops and greasy spoons, crowded with people and their stuttering dreams. Since he arrived in Vancouver from Germany in 1953, he has roamed the city’s back streets with his camera.
Herzog draws upon documentary traditions while incorporating an outsider’s sensitivity to a new environment. His colour images of street life in the 1950s and ’60s prefigure the “New Color” of photographers such as Stephen Shore and William Eggleston. The text includes essays by Grant Arnold and Michael Turner and a lengthy interview with the artist.
Published to coincide with the exhibition Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs, organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, presented January 25 to May 13, 2007.