Fred Herzog

Fred Herzog


Book - 2011
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The definitive book about the stunning oeuvre of a pioneer of colour photography -- Vancouver's Fred Herzog .

For more than five decades, Fred Herzog has focused his lens on street life, and his striking colour photographs -- of vacant lots, second-hand shops, neon signs and working-class people -- evoke nostalgia in an older generation and inspire wide-eyed revelation in a younger one.

The images that we now consider iconic once relegated Herzog to the margins: his bold use of colour was unusual in the 1950s and '60s, a time when art photography was almost exclusively associated with black-and-white imagery. Fred Herzog has worked with Kodachrome slide film for over 50 years, but only in the past few years has technology allowed him to make archival pigment photographic prints of exceptional colour and intensity.

Fred Herzog: Photographs showcases this innovative artist's impressive collection in a beautifully crafted volume. Providing authoritative texts are four titans of the art community: Claudia Gochmann 's introduction anchors Fred Herzog 's place in the history of photography, Sarah Milroy shares a conversation with Herzog , Douglas Coupland comments on what Herzog 's colour photos reveal about Vancouver and Jeff Wall focuses his photographer's eye on a single Fred Herzog image.

Publisher: Vancouver ; Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, c2011
ISBN: 9781553655589
Branch Call Number: 779 HER
Characteristics: 197 p. :,chiefly col. ill., ports. (some col.) ;,27 x 31 cm
Alternative Title: Photographs


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JCLBryanV Mar 20, 2017

Some of the greatest photography of the past one hundred years is contained in this book. Herzog's documentation of everyday life in 1950s Vancouver is profoundly moving. Pictures of people reading newspapers behind store windows, storefronts crammed with musical instruments, hats and antiques, people waving down buses and taxis -- you feel you're right there among it all. The color reproductions are sterling. Amazing.

Oct 21, 2012

Stunning photos - I never knew colour photography could move me as much as black and white. Fred Herzog is one of those immigrant stories that makes me feel very lucky as a Canadian!

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