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April 22, 2008

Fred Herzog: Three Theaters

Fred Herzog. Three Theaters, 1957.

That is some gorgeous photo. Over the cacophony of the neon signs and street lights, the typefaces on the signs are like candles in the night. This photo is from 1957 and it shows in the letterforms, but in many ways it seems totally contemporary to me. The gallery site says “Perfectly composed and atmospheric, the people and places that Herzog captured in the 1950’s and 1960’s, remind us of a period of transition, hope and a move toward the modern era.” I totally agree.

This photo is on display at the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York City from April 3 – May 31. Uncoincidentally, Larry is my uncle, but it’s not nepotism speaking when I say that his gallery is one of the best in the US. If you’re in the area, go see the show.

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6 Excellent Comments

  1. This photograph is of downtown Vancouver, BC (my hometown) … Granville Street, to be exact. Granville was renowned for its awesome neon lights but unfortunately much of the neon was lost to so called “modern development.” There is a movement afoot to restore some of the signage (and Granville) to its former glory. Thank goodness Mr. Herzog captured it for posterity.

    Comment by freddiegirl — April 22, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

  2. That’s so interesting, Freddiegirl. Thanks for the excellent comment.

    Comment by Leslie Tane Design — April 23, 2008 @ 11:26 am

  3. What awesome photos!…I just stopped drooling.

    This one totally made me think of my own father’s ( Don Hunstein) photos of NYC from the 50’s-60’s, esp street life. One of his of Times Square from 1960 is on the cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Chronicles’, and the neon signs are great. I’ve always loved the photo.

    So your uncle owns this great gallery huh?….we should talk! :) I wonder if he knows my dad.


    Comment by Tina Cornell — April 24, 2008 @ 11:49 am

  4. WOW!!
    I can believe this is 1957.It looks so contemporary and modern.It looks amazing.

    Comment by Rajita — April 29, 2008 @ 3:23 am

  5. Does this town still look the same

    Comment by Rajita-Logo Design — April 29, 2008 @ 3:31 am

  6. Thanks for the comment, Tina. Let’s talk photography soon!

    Rajita, based on Freddiegirl’s comment above, I think that a lot of what made this great is now lost, but hopefully it will be restored. Thanks for the comments!

    Comment by Leslie Tane Design — April 30, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

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