Fred Herzog (September 21, 1930 – September 9, 2019) was a German-Canadian photographer. His parents both died during the war, and due to Germany’s post-war situation he decided to immigrate to Canada. There he started his career in fine art photography, scouring the streets of Vancouver for things to shoot that captured his interest. He was especially influential in the field of street photography, as he was one of the first street photographers to shoot in color in the 1950s and 60s.
The Kodachrome slide film he used was notoriously difficult to process and print properly, which is why Herzog didn’t become famous until the 1970s. When printed properly, however, it’s easy to see why he became famous. The bold colors just leap off the page, especially when he shoots neon advertising, or a scene in dramatic sunlight. It’s why he’s one of my favorite photographers.
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