Fred Herzog spent many of his years photographing the Canadian city of Vancouver in the 1950s and 1960s. Described as a pioneer in photography, he has now unveiled them in his new book Fred Herzog Modern Colour, which collates over 200 images in brilliant full colour.
Fred was very much alone in his field of creating coloured photos during this time when pretty much all photography was done in black and white. The Canadian photographer, who said he has always, “wanted to show the world the way it is”, documented the city of Vancouver capturing the feel of the town, and the life of the people.
Herzog used a Kodachrome slide film almost exclusively for over 50 years, which was one of the first colour films to be introduced. Past technologies meant these colours were not always the vivid array which Fred Herzog saw. But now with modern technology in colourisation, Herzog was able to unveil them in their glorious full colour.
His new book showcases all the brilliant work he did, which are now seen as the first true coloured works before the new colour photographers of the 1970s. His book also features essays by acclaimed authors David Campany and Hans-Michael Koetzle and it is said to be his most comprehensive publication to date.
To explore more colourisation projects, take a look at our article on Marina Amaral’s stunning digital colourisations of old photos from past wars, conflicts and also daily life. I’m sure she used Herzog’s work as an inspiration!