Fred Herzog

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Fred Herzog (born September 21, 1930)[1] is a photographer known primarily for his photographs of life in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[2] He worked professionally as a medical photographer.[2] He was the associate director of the UBC Department of Biomedical Communication, and also taught at Simon Fraser University.

Life and work[edit]

Herzog was born and grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, but was evacuated from the city during the aerial bombardment of the Second World War. His parents died during the war (of typhoid and cancer),[1] after which he dropped out of school and found work as a seaman on ships. He emigrated to Canada in 1952, living briefly in Toronto and Montreal before moving to Vancouver in 1953. He had taken casual photos since childhood, and began to take photography seriously after moving to Canada.

His work focuses primarily on working class people, and their connections to the city around them. He worked with slide film (mostly Kodachrome), which limited his ability to exhibit, and also marginalized him somewhat as an artist in the 1950s and 1960s when most work was in black and white. However, he has been increasingly recognized in recent decades.[3] His work has appeared in numerous books, and various galleries, including the Vancouver Art Gallery.


  • Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2007. Arnold, Grant & Turner, Michael.
  • Fred Herzog: Photographs. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2011. Gochmann, Milroy, Wall, Coupland.
  • Modern Color. Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2017. ISBN 978-3775741811. With essays by David Campany and Hans-Michael Koetzle.



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