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Book Week: Seize the Time: Vancouver Photographed

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 10:49am PDT
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I love the pictorial history of Vancouver and Seize the Time: Van­cou­ver Pho­tographed, 1967–1974 is one of the most unique reads of its kind. While even my collages of photos from the City of Vancouver Archives often reach back a century, Vladimir Keremidschieff’s images highlight a very unique time in Vancouver’s not-so-distant past.

Starting as a freelance in 1967, Vladimir Keremidschieff photographed rock concerts, protest demonstrations, and sometimes street scenes and ordinary people for the Vancouver Sun, the Province, and the Georgia Straight. Toward the end of his seven-year stint, he was going down to Seattle to shoot more of the same, and never returned to Vancouver permanently. He now lives in Australia. The images in Seize the Time — the phrase comes from placards carried in a 1970 protest in support of abortion rights and Black Power — recall a much smaller Vancouver of a much simpler age that was nonetheless far more exciting than the present.

George Fetherling of The Georgia Straight writes: “The photographs are generally interesting qua photographs, full of visual information and social history, with figures frozen in stillness or captured in frantic motion. Depending on your actuarial circumstances, they are either an aid to nostalgia or a handy crash course in a period of history that is quickly receding from memory.”

The images are all in black and white, for intended publication in newspapers at the time, and Keremidschieff shares insightful notes throughout the book. He captured Pierre Elliott Trudeau, then-mayor Tom (Terrific) Campbell, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and more.

Book Week Giveaway

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  1. Radhika K says:

    Looks interesting!

  2. Deb says:

    this was a great period in Vancouver, I would love to walk down memory lane with these photographs

  3. Sabrina says:

    Oh, yes, please! I LOVE books that pictorally cover the history of Vancouver. I once saw one that covered Vancouver’s history decade by decade, but have been unable to find it again. This would be great – it covers only a short time, but I was a young child then and would really enjoy reliving it to see if it matches what I remember!

  4. michael h says:


  5. Valerie says:

    Wow! Lot’s of memories.

  6. Sean says:

    WOW! well done.

  7. Krista says:

    This looks like such a great book—I LOVE everything to do with Vancouver history! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

  8. Sanaz says:

    It’s a great coffee table book!

  9. Lisa Gedak says:

    This looks very cool:) thanks for the opportunity!

  10. Hannah says:

    I love looking at old photos of Vancouver!

  11. Kam says:

    So cool to see the history of our beautiful city through photographs!

  12. Stephanie says:

    Looks like a really cool book.

  13. Jeff says:

    Cool book!

  14. Harb Grewal says:

    I love seeing how this area looked back in the day. Gives you a real perspective of how quickly the landscape changes.

  15. Paul Fraser says:

    history, frozen in time, no matter where it’s captured, is always so intriguing. Even more special is seeing glimpses of the past of a place one holds dear to their heart. A wondeful book indeed.

  16. Bryan says:

    Nice looking book!

  17. Steve says:

    I love Vancouver history (especially photos)!

  18. Greg says:

    Looks like an interesting book.

  19. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win.

  20. Hayley says:

    That looks really interesting~

  21. Michelle says:

    Great idea, would love to see the book!

  22. jan says:

    thanks for the chance

  23. May says:

    Wow, love seeing pics like that!

  24. Lily says:

    Social history in photos- sounds good!

  25. Valerie says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the contest

  26. Anne says:

    I love this time period, the fasions are fantastic!

  27. Vivian says:

    I admit it, I’m a vintage photo junkie! Now ya got me jonesing for this book 😛

  28. Anna says:

    I’m a bit of a history buff and this seems so cool!

  29. mike k says:

    i would keep this book forever if i have it

  30. Scott says:

    An amazing time in history. Can’t wait to read this book.

  31. Rebecca says:

    I love black and white photography!

  32. Chris Cross says:

    I would love a copy of Vlad’s book! I was there and I’m probably in his book too. What a wonderful “History” book!

  33. Ron S says:

    Would make a great coffee table book!

  34. Bert says:

    I grew-up in Vancouver during these years and I can’t wait to see this book!

  35. AT says:

    would love this book! thanks:)

  36. Jeff says:

    Sounds cool.

  37. As a photography enthusiast I would love to opportunity to have this book! I love looking back at how things were!

  38. Kurt Hilger says:

    Oh what a glorious time it was. I too was a hippie photographer 1965-1971 unfortunately all my photos and negatives were lost, gone when I came back from India in 1972. Would love to see what Vlad has captured with his trusty Pentax.

  39. Mosko says:

    Vlad was an inspiration. A great period in Vancouver’s development.

  40. Marta says:

    Because my work is photographing people I would love to own this book!

  41. Shelley says:

    Lived in Vancouver all of my life, so what a great book to have.

  42. Sarah C says:

    What a great book! Would love to have it!

  43. Eileen says:

    Great prize

  44. Clare says:

    Amazing photos!

  45. MLou says:

    For anyone who grew up in Vancouver and was part of the scene during those years (me), this book is a treasure !
    Nice contest. Thanks for the opportunity.

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