Back in the days when the times really were a'changin', Vladimir Keremidschieff spent seven years documenting the social shenanigans of Vancouver with his 35 mm Pentax, giving rise to his rare panorama, Seize the Time: Vancouver Photographed, 1967-1974 (New Star $24), a collection of one hundred b&w freelance images shot for Georgia Straight, Vancouver Sun, The Province and his own pleasure.

Along with portraits of Pierre Trudeau and the much-maligned "developer"; Mayor Tom "Terrific"; Campbell-no relation to Gord, at least genetically-Keremidschieff documented the so-called hippie era and the pop music scene with concert images of Cream, Blind Faith, Phil Ochs, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan and The Band, and many more.

While Sieze the Time chiefly reflects the so-called counter-culture of this volatile period, from downtown protests to squatters on the North Shore mudflats, some less dramatic photos-such a female cabbie for Black Top taxi-are more in keeping with the documentary resolve of colour photographer Fred Herzog.

Born in Germany in 1947, Keremidschieff grew up in Australia and came to Vancouver in 1957. When he and his wife left Vancouver in 1974 to sail to the South Pacific, he put his negatives in storage where they remained for almost forty years. In 2011 he began selecting and scanning the best of his images for Seize the Time. Keremidschieff now lives in Sydney, Australia, where he teaches English as a second language.

[BCBW 2013]

Reviews of the author's work by BC Studies:
Seize the Time: Vancouver Photographed, 1967-1974