|Fred Herzog Photographs, Photographs by Fred Herzog. |
Published by Hatje Cantz, 2011.
Reviewed by Nicholas Chiarella
Fred Herzog Fred Herzog Photographs
Photographs by Fred Herzog. Preface by Felix Hoffmann. Text by Claudia Gochmann. Hatje Cantz, 2011. Hardbound. 192 pp., 92 color and 6 black & white illustrations, 7-1/2x8-1/2".
Fred Herzog’s Photographs, a collection of early color work from 1950s and 60s Vancouver, points to the possibility of irony and entropy in nearly any scene – but especially the human scene. Herzog’s images, taken on Kodachrome film, document vernacular street life: automobiles, passers-by, swarms of advertisements, and all the accumulated architecture and detritus of urban life. The focus seems to be on the idiosyncratic rather than the archetypal, however, forming a view that is as much the photographer’s as it is one of a particular time or place. The result rests somewhere between the feeling of a Norman Rockwell painting and a Charles Bukowski poem.
Nicholas Chiarella is the imaging specialist at the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His poems and photographs have appeared in Santa Fe Trend, BathHouse, Slideluck Potshow Santa Fe, and other venues. He is a member of Meow Wolf artist collective, contributing technical and design skills to performance and art installations. Chiarella graduated from the St. John's College GI program in 2007. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.