In my post called "Great Photo Books You Can Buy New" a couple of weeks ago, one of the recommendations was for Canadian Fred Herzog's book Vancouver Photographs, available exclusively from Amazon Canada, and the response from you was so great that it helped drive Vancouver Photographs temporarily to the #1 spot on the bestsellers list on Amazon.ca (It's now #2,273).
So I'm just wondering—assuming some or most of you who bought the book have received it already, what did you think?
(Feel free to comment here on any of the other recommended titles you might have purchased, too, or gone to see. I'm interested to know which ones you really liked and which ones might just have been more of a Mike thing.)
Featured Comment by Ben Johnson: "As a Vancouver photographer myself, I've been interested in Fred Herzog's work for some time now. Aside from admiring his strong images with wonderful colour, I also see much of his work as a record of a Vancouver that has all but disappeared: a sleepier city of the Commonwealth rather than a city with strong ties to the Asia-Pacific realm.
"His show at the Vancouver Art Gallery was hugely successful and, along with the publication of the book you recommended, really boosted Herzog's reputation internationally. It's interesting to see him get attention from people who are perhaps less familiar with Vancouver, but who see the quality in his work.
"Herzog was always a perfectionist about his equipment. I know folks who worked in camera stores in Vancouver who dealt with him on a regular basis. He had the reputation of one who would buy a particular lens and return it over and over until he got one that performed exactly as he wanted. Staff in the stores would have bets on how long it would take him to return a lens once he walked out the door."
Featured Comment by Wayne Bartsch: "I have known Fred for over thirty years. I work at a local camera store where we have sold him much of the equipment he uses or has used. He has always been quiet and soft-spoken but very definite in what he expected of his camera gear and photography. We have had many interesting discussions over the years about the areas in which the camera companies could have made better choices. I remember him lamenting the lack of a truly capable compact film camera suitable for his style. I also recall him having trouble finding a satisfactory version of a Nikkor lens(a 24-120 I believe). He brought in images that demonstrated the difference between the first and second one. I could not see the difference but he could and that is what counted.
"It is only in the years since his retirement from medical photography that I began to realize the scope and the beauty of his personal work. I saw his show twice and enjoyed it immensely. He gave me a signed copy of his book which is one of my all-time favourites. Well worth purchasing to anyone liking this style of work."