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Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – thru May 13, 2007

Fred Herzog = Hastings and Columbia Street, Vancouver
Fred Herzog, Hastings and Columbia Street, Vancouver (1958), chromogenic print [Vancouver Art Gallery BC, through May 13]

Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs, the first retrospective of Fred Herzog’s influential photography, surveys his complete body of work since 1953. Described as “80,000 photographs, 50 years, 1 photographer and 1 city”, this exhibition features about 100 images spanning the artist’s career. 

Since 1953, Herzog has produced colour photographs of Vancouver’s street life, shops, shoppers, neon signs, cars and buildings. Curator Grant Arnold writes, “Acting as a narrator, he presents a dispassionate view of the city as a site of tradition and change, collection and dispersion, production, expenditure and alienation.” Herzog's work is important for his early use of Kodachrome slide film and his depictions of everyday urban life.

His techniques and subject matter, combined with his teaching at both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, influenced subsequent generations of the Vancouver conceptual photographers. Herzog's work may be seen as a precursor to that of urban photographers Roy Arden, Karin Buba&Mac246;s, Christos Dikeakos, Arni Haraldsson and Jeff Wall.

Herzog’s photographs were exhibited by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in 1970 and later at Vancouver’s Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery and the University of British Columbia Fine Arts Gallery. With the advent of digital technologies and large-scale reproduction, his work reaches a new audience in this landmark exhibition. Also on exhibit at Equinox Gallery, Vancouver BC from Feb 8-Mar 10.

Fred Herzog - Jackpot, Vancouver

Fred Herzog, Jackpot, Vancouver (1961), chromogenic print [Vancouver Art Gallery BC, through May 13]

Fred Herzog - Foot of Main

Fred Herzog, Foot of Main (1969), chromogenic print [Vancouver Art Gallery BC, through May 13]

Fred Herzog - Main Barber

Fred Herzog, Main Barber (1968), chromogenic print [Vancouver Art Gallery BC, through May 13]

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Mia Johnson

 Mon, Feb 5, 2007