Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Notes: 320 pages, 264 illus, hardcover. 10.7 inches x 10.6 inches.
About the publication: Fred Herzog is known for his unusual use of color in the 1950s and 1960s, a time when art photography was almost exclusively associated with black and white imagery. The Canadian photographer worked almost exclusively with Kodachrome slide film for over 50 years, and only in the past decade has technology allowed him to make archival pigment prints that match the exceptional color and intensity of the Kodachrome slide. In this respect, his photographs can be seen as a pre-figuration of the New Color photographers of the seventies.
This book brings together over 230 images, many never before reproduced, and features essays by acclaimed authors David Campany and Hans-Michael Koetzle. Fred Herzog is the most comprehensive publication on this important photographer to date. *via Hatje Cantz
Why it’s worth your time: It’s hard to write an unbiased bit here; Fred Herzog is one of my heroes and this book is an excellent exemplar of why that is precisely so. Beautifully arranged and printed, this breathtaking collection is revolutionary to the world of color photography and a clear and integral predecessor to contemporary documentary photography. Truly, a book to be cherished for a lifetime.