Canadian Art - - Auction Highlights - Fred Her­zog’s Ho­tel, Gu­atemala, 1964

Pho­tog­ra­pher Fred Her­zog has al­ways been peri­patetic. Born in Ger­many, he im­mi­grated to Canada in 1952. Af­ter a stint with the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­road, he even­tu­ally set­tled in Van­cou­ver. Cam­era in hand, Her­zog roamed the city, cap­tur­ing evolv­ing ev­ery­day ur­ban life from Granville and Strath­cona to New West­min­ster. He took his cam­era wher­ever he went, in­clud­ing on a 1964 mo­tor­cy­cle trip to Gu­atemala. He once re­ferred to Van­cou­ver as “en­gag­ingly seedy and colour­ful,” but this ob­ser­va­tion bet­ter de­scribes his fond­ness for doc­u­ment­ing the un­fold­ing present. “The pic­tures are about con­tent, and more con­tent,” Her­zog once said. “And if there is no con­tent, take no pic­ture.”

Es­ti­mate: $2,800

Archival pig­ment print, 12 x 18 in., edi­tion 2/20, cour­tesy the artist and Equinox Gallery,

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