Fred Herzog’s Vintage Vancouver

Fred Herzog, Bogner’s Grocery (1960)

I’ve seen the street photography of Fred Herzog previously but a brief essay by Geoff Dyer in today’s New York Times Magazine prompted me to look anew at Herzog’s work.  Herzog came to Canada in the early 1950s from Germany and from the late 1950s through the 1960s pioneered color street photography in his adopted city of Vancouver.  His candid shots provide a splendid if unvarnished documentary of the city and its people during that period.  The vintage images also subtly illustrate many things that have changed in Vancouver and other urban areas throughout Canada (and America) in the past several decades.

More of Herzog’s work can be seen at Vancouver’s Equinox Gallery and on its website.

Fred Herzog, 2nd Hand Store Boy (1959)


Fred Herzog, Alexander Street (1967)


Fred Herzog, Granville Street from Granville Bridge (1966)


Fred Herzog, Granville/Robson (1959)


Fred Herzog, White Lunch Granville (1959)


Photo Credits:  Fred Herzog and Equinox Gallery

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77 responses

  1. Some wonderful images of a simpler time. We lived in Vancouver when I was a kid during the late 1960s and although my memories are almost non-existent, many of these scenes probably still existed when we were there a decade or so later. I love the one in the rain – so typical!

    Many thanks for posting, Brett, and greetings of the season!

    • Richard, thanks. Very typical of that earlier period. The one with what appear to be very young kids (guessing about 5, 6 or 7 y.o.) going in and out of a local store with no parents around as far as one can tell strikes me as something that you wouldn’t see as much anymore.

  2. The first thing that comes in my mind when seeing this photos are the memories that it holds. I wonder the feelings of people associated with it or just around in that time. Happy holidays, cheers.

    • Yes! That sign looks odd. From the vantage point of one of the other photos in this set I think the coffee cup that appears to be above the Allen Hotel sign is actually part of the White Diner signage that is nearby on the same block.

  3. I grew up with glass bottles we would put in our wagon and cart off to the local delicatessen. 🙂 They would give us nickels and we would then purchase penny candies. I like that Seven Up had a bright green bottle and the deep green Coke bottle was a contrast.
    I like vintage posts like this one, Brett!

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