PROPP, Dan




Author Tags: Jewish, Photography, War

Born in Bolivia, Dan Propp taught in the Surrey school system for 23 years, previously working for The Richmond Review in the 1970s; also the Surrey Leader. He studied photography in Los Angeles during the 1960s, an era he recalls in The Postcard Photographer.

Dedicated to the children of the Holocaust, his collection 3 Stories contains a satire on public education, HMS Chalkholder, in which a group of teachers form the League of Bold Optimistic Teachers of Modern Youth (LOBOTOMY). It's preceded by The Berlin Baker's Son, a story about a child of the Holocaust who searches for a sense of belonging in Los Angeles and Vancouver, and A Nobody From Powell River, about a son's upbringing in an isolated Jewish family and his attempts to untangle his parents' post-Holocaust trauma.

An accordion player, singer and performer, Propp also sells music cds of his music and has written a monthly column for Today's Senior called 'Accordion to Dan.'

CITY/TOWN: Steveston, BC

DATE OF BIRTH: October 16, 1944

PLACE OF BIRTH: Sucre, Bolivia

ARRIVAL IN CANADA: 1950

ANCESTRAL BACKGROUND: one of the children of the Holocaust (German Jewish)

EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Recently retired elementary school teacher, photographer, postcard publisher

BOOKS:
The Postcard Photographer (Self-published 2012)
3 Stories (Self-published, 2004) 0-9731934-1-7
Through the Sunshine (self published, 2002) ISBN: 0-9731934-0-9
Awareness through Photography (1973)

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: Grade one to grade 12 - Gibsons BC, 1950-1962.
Banff School of Fine Arts, Photography - Summer of 1960.
Art Center, Los Angeles, photography, 1963-64.
Vancouver City College theatre arts program - 1969-70.
Also: teaching yoga, photography, wedding and postcard photography, writing a column for a boating magazine, crisis center telephone volunteer, amateur theatre, selling all sorts of paraphernalia to stores, Richmond Review display ad person and Night School Adult Photography instructor, taught elementary school for the Surrey school district for more than 22 years.

[BCBW 2013] "War"


The Postcard Photographer: Includes The Kid from a Mill Town
Publisher's Promo (2013)



Vancouver, British Columbia, is a special city. It has brought peace, dignity and anonymity to so many from all walks of life and nations.The Postcard Photographer takes the reader on a leisurely walk back to the 1960s, the years of Viet Nam, soul-searching, the sudden and sad ending of the Kennedy era, the peace marches and the fold music that stirred the hearts of a generation. The first story in this book focuses on two rather lost individuals; one from Los Angeles and the other from the B.C. pulp and paper town of Powell River. In Vancouver both discover their identities, passions and goals. Though fiction, the two stories reflect the journeys of photographer and author, Dan Propp, who imparts many nostalgic memories as a photo student in 1960s in B.C., doing wedding photography, teaching adult education classes and chasing fire engines, Danís stories bring to life the intimate history of the times and places.