There’s an exhibition of Leonard Frank’s work at the Teck Gallery (SFU Harbour Centre concourse):

 

Leonard Frank was one of the most important photographers in the history of British Columbia. He had a marvelous feel for composition, for making good exposures, for documenting labour and for how all of these would record the lifeblood of this region in what is now its recent past. His appreciation for business activity extended not just to picturing it, but to running his own photo business as well.

Very few Vancouver residents in 2012 can say, “I was born here.” Because so many people have moved to the city since the late 1960s, few Vancouverites may realize that logging and milling operations such as those pictured here were occurring close to the city until 1940. Some of the pictures in this exhibition show gigantic trees about to be felled, or just felled, within two miles from downtown Vancouver, and as recently as the 1930s.

Images: Leonard Frank Photo Studio fonds; Jewish Museum & Archives of BC

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  1. I knew Leonard Frank quite well.

    We commissioned him to take progress photos of the construction work of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, I was the architect construction manager, with Gardiner Thornton Architects, continuing thru 1960-63.

    He would appear once a week to do his thing, invariably I was on site too.

    Beautiful photos even though they were just contract stuff: a genre of photography used only in the event of a dispute. We had no disputes.

    But he did record Robert Wegstein’s (instructor at the then Vancouver School of Art, now Emily Carr) magnificent coloured ceramic lobby mural (floor to ceiling 20′ +/- wide).

    The mural was quite thoughtlessly built-over in the 2002 modernization although it is still there though somewhat damaged.

    I have nagged the hospital to open it up to no avail. All we have to go on is on of Leonard’s B&W prints in the archives.

    Leonard would not be amused!

  2. Good morning Elizabeth,

    I lost touch with Robert and his wife 1963, shortly after we completed the hospital. He was an instructor at ECCA, now Emily Carr University: but you probably know more about them now than I do!

    As for his mural, it was long removed, or I fear destroyed, in the last make-over of the emergency entrance.

    I have made extensive inquires as to the possibilty it has been panelled over only to be confronted by an administative brick wall: every one talks about art but no one lifts a finger to preserve it when the bulldozers arrive.

    Nanaimo archives has a B&W photo. Try . . .

    Christine Meutzner nanaimoarchives@gmail.com

    Good luck Roger K

  3. Good morning Elizabeth,
    I lost touch with Robert and his wife 1963, shortly after we completed the hospital. He was an instructor at ECCA, now Emily Carr University: but you probably know more about them now than I do!
    As for his mural, it was long removed, or I fear destroyed, in the last make-over of the emergency entrance.
    I have made extensive inquires as to the possibilty it has been panelled over only to be confronted by an administative brick wall: every one talks about art but no one lifts a finger to preserve it when the bulldozers arrive.
    Nanaimo archives has a B&W photo. Try . . .
    Christine Meutzner nanaimoarchives@gmail.com
    Good luck Roger K

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