Fred Herzog

Shadows On Film: Fred Herzog


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  • http://www.nickbedford.com/ Nick Bedford

    Absolutely wonderful pictures. That guy in the title photo looks like Stellan Skarsgaard. It’s not him is it?

  • http://jacklarson.aminus3.com/ john4jack

    Thank you. Your essay raises crucial questions for me. Do we have this kind of love for photography? Do we maintain our integrity when no one else seems to care? How much do we adjust our work to satisfy the viewer? I find Herzog to be a role model.

  • Peter Evans

    I really love Herzog’s work. We got a book of his in Cardiff Library. Street photography always seems to be bustling, moving, working, dancing, scowling, making moments. To me, In Herzog’s pictures the good people of Vancouver just mainly seem to drift amiably. As if he’s capturing small town life in a larger city.

    I love the worn and the damaged buildings too. He extracts a weather-beaten romance from them. And the tones and the colours… there’s something slightly other-worldy about it. I like to imagine that back then, colour in reality really looked like that.

    As you say, Herzog wasn’t recognised in his time, and it’s a worthy topic of discussion. I think the most heart-breaking display of contempt to a work of genius was when critics, audiences and the studio nigh-unanimously rounded on venerable actor Charles Laughton’s astonishing directorial debut of ‘Night of the Hunter’, starring Robert Mitchum. In a word: Burtonesque. Or rather we should say Tim Burton is ‘Laughtonesque’. Laughton’s German-expressionistic style blended with a mythic Tom Sawyer world, tough-hearted Dorothea Lange great-depression asides and lashings of fairytale Cocteau gothic made for one of the most incredible films I’ve ever seen. But people hated it back then, and Laughton never directed again. Probably one of the greatest losses to a medium ever, to my mind. Truly a flawless, totally unique film.

  • David Raboin

    Great post. I love Herzog’s photos, but I like the story even more. It gives me hope, and possibly proof that I’m not crazy for my commitment to photography.

  • Trude

    Fantastic feature! His combo of seeing texture and light and shadow is just amazing, never mind that lovely film color that’s still so hard to mimic. He definitely makes it all look easy.