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Shoppers, Voyeurs and Loiterers: Vancouver Street Life In Color – 1953-1969

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A year after moving to Canada from his native Germany, Fred Herzog (born 1930) began taking photographs of street life in Vancouver. He chose Kodachrome “to show the world the way it is” – “to make unposed photographs in color that have historical value.”

“New, clean, safe and honest neighborhoods do not give rise to interesting pictures,” he said. “The thing that street photographers hope to discover has to do with the disorderly vitality of the street; the street people on the corners and plazas, in billiard parlours, pubs and stores, where shoppers, voyeurs and loiterers feel at home.”

 

Main Vancouver 1968

Main, 1968

Elysium Cleaners, 1958

Elysium Cleaners, 1958

Red Stockings, 1961

Red Stockings, 1961

Vancouver street

Self portrait, 1959

Self portrait, 1959

CPR Pier & Marine Building, 1953

CPR Pier & Marine Building, 1953

Family, 1967

1967 – Vancouver

Liquid Foods, 1968

Liquid Foods, 1968

Fred Herzog , Killer , Vancouver, Late 1950s

1950s

Boat scrapers, 1964

Boat scrapers, 1964

Pender, 1958 Vancouver

Pender, 1958

Airshow , 1968

Airshow , 1968

KFC , 1968

KFC , 1968

New Pontiac, 1957

New Pontiac, 1957

Westend from Burrard Bridge, 1957

Westend from Burrard Bridge, 1957

Hastings & Seymour, 1961

Hastings & Seymour, 1961

New World Confectionery, 1965

New World Confectionery, 1965

Arthur Murray, 1960

Arthur Murray, 1960

Vancouver 1962

1962

Greasy Spoon - 1958

Greasy Spoon – 1958

New Westminster - 1973

New Westminster – 1973

mom's shoes

Alexander Street 1959

Alexander Street 1959

Granville Street 1960

Granville Street 1960

powell street 1973

Powell Street – 1093

Two Boys 1960

Two Boys 1960

Granville Street from Granville Bridge 1966

Granville Street from Granville Bridge 1966

Vancouver 1960

1960

Vancouver 1959 Barber shop

1959

Indian Family, North Vancouver 1959

Indian Family, North Vancouver 1959

1961 Vancouver

1961

North Vancouver 1960

North Vancouver 1960

vancouver 1958

1958

erzog-foot-of-main-1968

Herzog foot of Main, 1968

Paris Cafe 1959

1959

vancouver 1968

1968

vancouver 1974 Eisenhower, Nixon

vancouver 1961

1961

Vancouver 1959

1959

Boys Wrestling, 1969

Boys Wrestling, 1969

Man with Bandage, 1968

Man with Bandage, 1968

 

Via: American Suburb, Another Mag

  • Barry Rivadue

    like an alternate universe dream

  • jon pall

    Fabulous photos.
    The Tom Waits lookalike was a surprise.

  • The new Pontiac picture may have been taken in late 1957, but that’s a 1958 model.

  • John Wilson

    I owned one of those pontiacs and mine was a 58 Retro,, I bought it in 67 after a trip to egypt for a year

  • R. Mark Desjardins

    What a joy to see these early photos of Vancouver when it was not necessarily “new, clean, safe, and honest.” However, in retrospect to inner city dramas being played out today, those halcyon days immortalized by Fred Herzog were indeed clean safe and honest. This past March, 2017 i saw an elderly man in Strathcona neighbourhood with an assistant snapping photos. I immediately recognized Fred and introduced myself. I told him his photographs of seemingly everyday life greatly inspired me to document street art, graffiti and wall murals. We had a short exchange and I feel very fortunate to have met him in action.

    • To me, these are some of the most iconic images of Vancouver’s history. Those parts of town as I remember it in early 80’s were only a little bit removed from some of the most famous of these pics.