Documenting the City
Vancouver Through Fred Herzog’s Lens
When photographer Fred Herzog emigrated to Canada from Germany in 1952, he turned his lens on his new country and sought out the lively, gritty city streets, the working-class people, the neon signs, the vacant lots, and the second-hand shops. His bold, colourful work—considered unconventional in an era when art photography was primarily defined by black and white imagery—has served to document a chapter in Vancouver’s history like no other.
Read Fred Herzog’s Gracious, Ghastly City by Robin Laurence in the Tyee.
[Top Image: ’Hub & Lux,’ 1958. © Fred Herzog, 2011. Courtesy of Equinox Gallery, Vancouver]