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Vladimir Keremidschieff

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Vancouver in the seminal period of the late 1960s-early 1970s is featured in Seize the Time: Vancouver Photographed 1967-1974 (New Star, 2013), a new collection of photographs from former freelance photographer Vladimir Keremidschieff, who joins Joseph Planta to talk about this book, his photos and the city that once was.

Seize the Time: Vancouver Photographed 1967-1974 by Vladimir Keremidschieff (New Star Books, 2013).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Seize the Time

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

There’s a book that’s been out this fall that’s a marvellous look back at our city, as well as a wonderful showcase of the work of a photographer who had lived in Vancouver during the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The book is called Seize the Time: Vancouver Photographed 1967-1974. It’s a chronicle of a tumultuous time in the life of this city. Vancouver was going from fairly peaceable, buttoned down sleepy town, right into the hullabaloo of the hippie phenomenon of the late 1960s. The contrasts are often humorous, quaint, and stark all at the same time. You look at the photographs in this book and you sort of recognise the Vancouver of today, at the same time seeing just how remarkable the changes have been. Vladimir Keremidschieff joins me now. He was born in Germany, and moved to Vancouver in 1957. He spent seven years as a freelance photographer for outlets such as the Georgia Straight, the Vancouver Sun, and The Province. He documented the clamour of protests, as well as the sensational musical acts that played here and around the region. Mr. Keremidschieff left Vancouver in 1974 and ended up in Australia, where I’ve reached him today. I’ll ask him about his time in Vancouver, these wonderful photographs, and his life since. He is a teacher of English as a second language in Sydney. The website for more is at www.photosbyvlad.com. This book is published by New Star Books. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Vladimir Keremidschieff; Mr. Keremidschieff, good morning.