Fred Herzog – A Pictorial History Of A Time And Place That No Longer Exist

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Fred Herzog–born in 1930 in Germany and moved to Vancouver in 1953–is considered a pioneer of color photography. 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. A collection of photographs in which each is worthy of framing.

Fred Herzog: Photographs (Douglas & McIntyre, ISBN 978-1-55365-558-9, $60) 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. ❚