Fred Herzog


The Vancouver photographs of Fred Herzog are awash with vibrant color.  They are complex, mysterious, exuberant, and full of life, much like the city he photographed.  Fred Herzog was born in 1930 in Germany, and came to Vancouver in 1953. He was employed as a medical photographer by day, and on evenings and weekends he took his camera to the streets, documenting daily life as he observed it.  Focusing his camera on storefronts, neon signs, billboards, cafes and crowds of people, he eloquently depicts the architecture of the street as a framework for human interaction, presenting a view of the city that is both critical and elegiac.

Public collections

City of Seattle, Seattle, WA
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, Vancouver, BC National Film Board, Montreal, QC
Library & Archives Canada, Ottawa, ON
Pier 24, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Canaccord Capital, Victoria, BC
Microsoft, Redmond, WA
Shaughnessy Golf Club, Vancouver, BC
Connor, Clark & Lunn Capital Markets Inc., Toronto, ON Vancouver Club, Vancouver, BC
Heenan Blaikie, Vancouver, BC
Boston Pizza, Vancouver, BC
Fraser Milner Casgrain, Vancouver, BC
Polygon, Vancouver, BC
Yahoo Inc.
Fasken Martineau, Vancouver, BC
Alcan Inc., Vancouver, BC
Goodmans LLP, Vancouver, BC
Westbank Holdings
Smith Foundation
Oakville Galleries
Vanac Development Corp, Vancouver, BC
UBC Faculty of Law, Vancouver, BC