From 1934 to 1979, street photographer Foncie Pulice set up his camera on Vancouver city sidewalks and snapped candid shots of people strolling by. For almost half a century, he took thousands of photos, unwittingly capturing moments in time, the history of a city, and the lives of British Columbians.
Now documentary filmmaker Melanie Wood and British Columbia’s Knowledge Network are bringing these photographs together – collecting them from albums around the province and giving them a public home. Photo negatives of Foncie’s images do not exist. He destroyed most of them when he retired. Until now there was no central archive or collection.
Here are some thoughts on this photo:
“Royal Bank Inspection Team, just before 3:00 PM waiting at the corner of Granville & Robson to enter the RBC branch at that location with a “surprise’ audit except that the surprise was on us as Foncie photo realized what was about to happen & “snap” the Team was caught. Each of the Team members has since retired from RBC.”
This is a story about Vancouver, about British Columbia, and about it’s people… so they need your help. Visit Knowledge.ca/FonciesCorner to add your photos and stories to the collection.
We’re sharing a couple of Foncie photos here on V.I.A. each week. Learn about the exhibit happening NOW at the Museum of Vancouver HERE.