Fred Herzog

Fred Herzog


Book - 2011
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Presents photographs of urban Vancouver taken during the 1950s and 1960s in color rather than the black-and-white hues used by other photographers at the time, along with essays that discuss his life and artistic style.

Perseus Publishing
Fred Herzog’s bold use of colour in the 1950s and 60s set him apart at a time when the only art photography taken seriously was in black and white. His early use of color make him a forerunner of "New Colour" photographers such as Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, who received widespread acclaim in the 1970s. Herzog images were all taken on Kodachrome, a slide film with a sharpness and tonal range that, until recently, could not be reproduced in prints, and his choice of medium limited his exhibition opportunities. However, recent advances in digital technology have made high-quality prints of his work possible, and in the past few years his substantial and influential body of work has been available to a wider audience.

Fred Herzog: Photographs showcases this innovative artist's impressive oeuvre in a beautifully crafted volume of early color and urban street photography. Providing authoritative texts are four titans of the art community: Jeff Wall anchors Herzog's place in the history of photography, Claudia Gochmann sets his work in an international context and Sarah Milroy and Douglas Coupland provide additional commentary.

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2011.
ISBN: 9781553655589
Characteristics: 197 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 27 x 32 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gochmann, Claudia 1970-


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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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