Thursday, February 24, 2011

Free Fred Herzog photography exhibits at the Equinox Gallery

Vancouver in 1959. Photo by Fred Herzog/
Coal Harbour circa 1959 - photo by Fred Herzog

It's hard to believe that's what Coal Harbour looked like in 1959.

It almost looks fake, but it's not. I mean, heck! Did Georgia Street really look like Kingsway back then?

The photo is Fred Herzog's. It's one of the many Herzog photos featured at the Equinox Gallery on South Granville. Herzog's work is featured in two exhibits at the gallery: Reading Pictures and Early Colour Photographs - the latter of which features Vancouver.

Granville Street circa 1959 - photo by Fred Herzog

But the photos capture why I love Fred Herzog. He candidly captured Vancouver's past in colour when the rest of the world was shooting black and white. He brings to life lost eras of Vancouver's past and makes me nostalgic for a time I never knew. There's no such thing as a time machine, but this is the next closest thing.

I figure I'd throw this shout out to the Equinox because it's one of the many private galleries open to the public on South Granville. It's completely free to view the galleries. While the Equinox often features Fred Herzog's photography, these two exhibits end next weekend on March 5th, so if you're looking for something to do this weekend and you're even remotely interested in Vancouver history, put the Equinox Gallery on your agenda.

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