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Fred Herzog: Photographer of a Past Era

Posted by Howard, Jun 24, 2017

Fred Herzog’s story is irresistible: skilled photographer with an unfashionable style labours in obscurity until his seventies, then is “discovered” and becomes a local and international celebrity. Born in Stuttgart on September 21, 1930, Herzog immigrated to Canada in 1953 and began documenting everyday life in Vancouver while holding a day job as a medical photographer.


Herzog’s subject was “the social fantastic of the street” popularized by Cartier-Bresson and the post-war... Read this post


Bruce Yorke: Champion of Tenants

Posted by Howard, Dec 16, 2015

Bruce Yoke was a prominent Vancouver social activist during the latter half of the 20th C and a long-time Vancouver city councillor. Born into a comfortable middle-class family in Vancouver on Dec 10, 1924, Yorke was an excellent student and athlete. At UBC he studied economics and played for the Thunderbirds basketball team. A member of the Communist Party of Canada, he long served on the Trade Union Research Bureau and helped found the left-wing Vancouver municipal party, The Committee of... Read this post

Patrick Reid, Mastermind of Expo 86

Posted by Howard, Dec 16, 2015
Patrick Reid with wife Alison at BC Place

Patrick Reid, best known to British Columbians as the man who guided Expo 86, had a long and many-sided career.


Born Patrick Lockhart Reid was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Nov. 14, 1924, he grew up on a farm in County Donegal. At 15 he entered law school at Queen’s University in Belfast, but he didn’t graduate... Read this post

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