Book Week: Seize the Time: Vancouver Photographed

Comments 48 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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.

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Update The winner is Jason Gallant!

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Wednesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:00pm.

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48 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Radhika KWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 10:52am PST

    Looks interesting!

  2. DebWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 11:04am PST

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

  3. SabrinaWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 11:12am PST

    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 hWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 11:24am PST


  5. ValerieWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 11:43am PST

    Wow! Lot’s of memories.

  6. SeanWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 11:49am PST

    WOW! well done.

  7. KristaWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 11:54am PST

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

  8. SanazWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 1:20pm PST

    It’s a great coffee table book!

  9. Lisa GedakWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 3:15pm PST

    This looks very cool:) thanks for the opportunity!

  10. HannahWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 3:46pm PST

    I love looking at old photos of Vancouver!

  11. KamWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 7:21pm PST

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

  12. StephanieWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 7:39pm PST

    Looks like a really cool book.

  13. JeffWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 9:47pm PST

    Cool book!

  14. Harb GrewalWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 9:48pm PST

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

  15. Paul FraserWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 10:40pm PST

    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. BryanWednesday, January 8th, 2014 — 11:05pm PST

    Nice looking book!

  17. KellyThursday, January 9th, 2014 — 1:35am PST


  18. SteveThursday, January 9th, 2014 — 7:32am PST

    I love Vancouver history (especially photos)!

  19. GregThursday, January 9th, 2014 — 10:39am PST

    Looks like an interesting book.

  20. Teresa KThursday, January 9th, 2014 — 11:50am PST

    I’d love to win.

  21. HayleyThursday, January 9th, 2014 — 12:11pm PST

    That looks really interesting~

  22. MichelleThursday, January 9th, 2014 — 1:18pm PST

    Great idea, would love to see the book!

  23. janThursday, January 9th, 2014 — 2:36pm PST

    thanks for the chance

  24. MayThursday, January 9th, 2014 — 3:24pm PST

    Wow, love seeing pics like that!

  25. LilyThursday, January 9th, 2014 — 5:06pm PST

    Social history in photos- sounds good!

  26. Eve lazarusThursday, January 9th, 2014 — 11:20pm PST

    I’m in

  27. ValerieFriday, January 10th, 2014 — 8:17am PST

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for the contest

  28. AnneFriday, January 10th, 2014 — 2:45pm PST

    I love this time period, the fasions are fantastic!

  29. VivianFriday, January 10th, 2014 — 5:06pm PST

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

  30. AnnaFriday, January 10th, 2014 — 6:18pm PST

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

  31. mike kFriday, January 10th, 2014 — 6:27pm PST

    i would keep this book forever if i have it

  32. ScottFriday, January 10th, 2014 — 8:19pm PST

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

  33. RebeccaFriday, January 10th, 2014 — 11:59pm PST

    I love black and white photography!

  34. Chris CrossSaturday, January 11th, 2014 — 9:56am PST

    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!

  35. Ron SSaturday, January 11th, 2014 — 3:01pm PST

    Would make a great coffee table book!

  36. BertSaturday, January 11th, 2014 — 4:52pm PST

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

  37. ATSaturday, January 11th, 2014 — 10:52pm PST

    would love this book! thanks:)

  38. JeffSunday, January 12th, 2014 — 9:10am PST

    Sounds cool.

  39. Jason GallantSunday, January 12th, 2014 — 10:23am PST

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

  40. Kurt HilgerSunday, January 12th, 2014 — 10:39am PST

    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.

  41. MoskoSunday, January 12th, 2014 — 3:06pm PST

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

  42. MartaMonday, January 13th, 2014 — 1:04am PST

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

  43. TanisMonday, January 13th, 2014 — 2:22pm PST

    This looks interesting!

    And tweet:

  44. ShelleyMonday, January 13th, 2014 — 3:47pm PST

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

  45. Sarah CMonday, January 13th, 2014 — 7:11pm PST

    What a great book! Would love to have it!

  46. EileenTuesday, January 14th, 2014 — 7:17pm PST

    Great prize

  47. ClareTuesday, January 14th, 2014 — 9:59pm PST

    Amazing photos!

  48. MLouTuesday, January 14th, 2014 — 10:15pm PST

    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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