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Fred Herzog: Kodachrome photographs from the '50s

I recently attended the Peter Lindbergh exhibition "On Street" at C/O Berlin. It was dedicated to Lindbergh's classic and timeless fashion photos.

Main picture of the exhibition

When I arrived at C/O and saw the queue up on the street, I really doubted whether I should go back home. It was raining and cold and I had no desire to queue up for an hour. I pulled it together however, because it was the last week of the exhibition and I wanted to see it. In retrospect, I’m pretty happy about it because I got to know Fred Herzog. I had never heard of him, but when I saw the main screen of the exhibition “Fred Herzog – Photographs” it had happened to me. These colors! Those pictures! Great!

Fred Herzog is a native German who emigrated to Canada in the 50s. There he followed his passion for photography and started his career. He portrayed by preference unspectacular scenes of everyday life in Vancouver. He was one of the first photographers to work with color film, which made him a pioneer of American color photography. Color photos back then were not particularly valuable. But he wanted to show life as it was – in color. He preferred mainly Kodachrome film.

Here is a small best-of gallery with pictures that particularly impressed me. Enjoy the beauty of Kodachrome images and dive into the world of the 50s.

Find more information about Fred Herzog and other images here.

written by zonderbar and translated by micbec


  1. willyboy


    Lovely shots. The one of the kids sitting in the shopfront drinking: shades of Rob Reiner's Stand By Me.

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  2. adbigmilk


    Those are great color shots ! thanks you to show us this photographer.

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  3. myriam-l


    I've seen this exhibition too and I totally agree with you, it was really impressive ! Good idea to share this !

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  4. gvelasco


    Stunning how well this film holds out.

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  5. maliha


    Great Article!!

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  6. weedos


    Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. lighttomysoul


    amazing pictures! :) I'm glad you decided to go in!

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  8. titidvivant


    Kodachrome has such a unique pop, these photos really demonstrate why there was so much hype surrounding its retirement... :-( Great article!

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