Fred Herzog's Vancouver
From the blurb on the Fred Herzog page at MOCCA: 'Herzog's passion for photography resulted in a large body of work depicting Vancouver during the postwar era, at a time when capitalism and consumer culture was burgeoning'.
This image was in the Globe & Mail book review section last week as there is a book out of Herzog's work: Grant Arnold. Fred Herzog, Vancouver Photographs. D&M, 2011.
Herzog was German, worked as a seaman after WWII and in 1952 emigrated to Canada when he was just 22. He became a medical photographer, and taught at UBC and Simon Fraser. Herzog has a huge following in Vancouver as he documented a city unrecognisable now. But I can recognise the prim little lady waiting for the bus, her hat, her gloves, her stick and sensible lace up shoes. My childhood in Victoria was peopled with such tidy creatures who dressed to go downtown. Of course, downtown then had butchers and cake shops, lunch counters and ladies' dress shops. No malls, few cars, excellent bus service, a kind of public propriety on the sidewalk. The fellow who has wounded his chin badly while shaving and wearing an undershirt on the street, and smoking, and having a sprained wrist: clearly a doubtful presence at the edge of our little lady's world. But at least he had shaved to go out. Stubble was a signal that one had really given up.