Fred Herzog, Crossing Powell, 1984, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of Equinox Gallery.

Fred Herzog, Photographer of Vancouver’s Neon Past, Dies

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Fred Herzog walked the streets of 1950s Vancouver, camera in hand. A medical photographer by profession, he clearly had an eye for the living. His postwar street scenes show people walking, talking, smoking… But they are more than mere documents, snaps of moments in time; Herzog’s use of colour was ground-breaking. In a period when black-and-white photography was considered art, Herzog’s saturated hues were startling. He could make even the greyest Vancouver day sing.

Fred Herzog died on Monday, September 9. He was 88 years old.

Photographer Fred Herzog

Fred Herzog, Man with Bandage, 1968, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of Equinox Gallery.

Photographer Fred Herzog

Fred Herzog, Flaneur Granville, 1960, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of Equinox Gallery.

Photographer Fred Herzog

Fred Herzog, Curtains, 1972, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of Equinox Gallery.


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September 10, 2019