Fred Herzog: the man who captured real life in all its vibrant colors
At a time when only black and white photographs were considered serious art photography, Fred Herzog defied the norms and shot in color.
But the German-born photographer, who immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1953, is now well known for the vibrancy in his photos of everyday life in Canada.
His street photography captured fascinating aspects of Canadian life, almost rendering them larger-than-life with his eye for art. Ordinary street scenes – such as billboards, neon signs, people walking around crowded streets – become rendered with life through his skillful lens.
Herzog also had the gift of capturing people’s bodily gestures and having them imbue meaning in his photographs, says Grant Arnold of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
While success arrived later in life for Herzog, he became an international star, with various acclaimed exhibitions and the publication of several books cementing his status as a top photographer.
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