The Way Things Are: Fred Herzog

Black Man Pender (1958)

As an artistic phenomenon in photography, Herzog is a recent development. And that story - inexplicable on one level, as the photos in question have been around for a long time - is partly about snobbery and partly about technology. Speaking to the latter, Herzog’s early use of Kodachrome colour film presented major challenges. The film was hi-res and lifelike, offering brilliant colours with broad tonal range. But it was also expensive to print, since the process involved sending the film to Kodak. Since Herzog couldn’t afford that, he had slides made, which more or less denied him access to galleries.

He's now known primarily for his photos of life in Vancouver, Canada. He worked professionally as a medical photographer. He was the associate director of the UBC Department of Biomedical Communication.