Vancouver from a German-Canadian photographer’s perspective


Fred Herzog was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1930 and immigrated to Canada in 1952. Shortly after he arrived in Vancouver in 1953 he started to take photographs of the city. Since then he kept on taking pictures of Vancouver and its people. It wonderfully shows the transition of the city over the decades and it would be quite interesting to research the influence Herzog’s German background has on his photographies.

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German-Canadian Country-Music Singer

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This is the first entry for the “BC through arriving eyes” blog and I wanted to start of with some music. In 1956 Heinz Theodor Schmitz immigrated from Germany to Canada when he was 22 years old. Already in love with musicians such as Hank Williams and country music itself, he changed his name to Hank Smith and settled in Edmonton, Alberta. There are some videos on youtube showing him perform and it is quiet interesting, apart from the retro style, that he has no apparent German accent. Hank became very successful with his recordings and landed several number one hits. He also was the founder of the Canadian Country Music Association. Hank Smith died in 2002 when he was 68 years old. Please check out his music on youtube. It is pretty interesting.

Hank Smith – Take Me Back Into Your World Again