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Books: Fred Herzog Photographs

After immigrating to Canada in the 1950s, Fred Herzog (*1930 in Bad Friedrichshall) devoted himself to what was, at the time, an unusual medium: color photography. In this way he broke through the established perceptions and theoretical opinions, most of which accorded to black-and-white photography the status of art. As a pioneer in the field of color photography, Herzog perfected his eye for the supposedly insignificant. His motifs are the streets of Vancouver, supermarkets, gas stations, bars, urban scenery, landscapes, and, again and again, man in his environment–the heights and depths of the North American dream. He tested the potential of color photography as a medium for great objectivity and great artistry alike, and his critical viewpoint allows us to the banal, the ephemeral, and the apparently meaningless. Above all, however, color lends his photographs a unique atmosphere and power, and is ultimately what makes them seem authentic.

Fred Herzog Photographs, Edited by Felix Hoffmann, C/O Berlin, Published by Hatje Cantz, German/English, 2010. 192 pp., 98 ills., 92 in color, 19.80 x 21.60 cm, ISBN 9783775728119


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2 Responses to
“Books: Fred Herzog Photographs”

  1. MasterCaution Says:

    Fred Herzog's work is in the great color photography tradition of Paul Outerbridge and Ernst Haas.

    Fred Herzog lived in Vancouver and worked as a medical photographer at St. Paul's Hospital. His best work is a document of Vancouver's seedy Downtown Eastside, and environs, where I once lived and worked as a street photographer. On page 171 of the book is a remarkable photograph taken in 1966 of the Commercial Hotel just off Hastings Street — 25 years later I took this photo — it seems as if nothing has changed.

    <img src="http://www.dailyicon.net/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/marin01dailyicon.jpg" alt="Commercial Hotel Downtown Eastside Vancouver" title="marin01dailyicon" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-16412" width="500" height="326">

  2. Fred Herzog Says:

    The impulse for the C/O Berlin show and the book came from Stephen Waddell a Vancouver artist, who used to live for 10 years in Berlin. The book was designed and printed by Hatje Cantz in a record 6 weeks.It sold out and is now printed as a second edition with a corrected Text. Watch for my show Fred Herzog at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Toronto Canada May 1 to appx June 5 and then at the National Gallery in Ottawa starting early June. I am now 80 years old and still make photographs – both Film and digital. Fred Herzog,Vancouver. Thank you for noticing!

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