FONCIE’S PHOTOS is a half hour documentary that uses the street photography of Foncie Pulice to trace a timeline through the heart of Vancouver and tell a people’s history of changing life in Canada’s western-most metropolis.
FONCIE’S PHOTOS premieres Monday, August 5th at 8pm
With a repeat broadcast at 1am
He was a Vancouver landmark. In 1934 Foncie set up a camera on the sidewalk on Granville Street in Vancouver and for the next 45 years he snapped candid shots of people strolling by. He said that at the height of his business he was taking 4,000 to 5,000 photos a day! That’s a lot of people strolling by his lens, and unknowingly into the annals of history.
People bought the images he took of them as keepsakes of a visit, a time, or an event. For almost half a century he took thousands of photos – all on that Vancouver sidewalk – unwittingly recording a people’s history. These are not posed photographs. They capture a movement, a moment, in time and in the lives of British Columbians. They reveal importance in the ordinary.
The film unfolds using what we know of Foncie, his life and his family as he witnessed the tide of people flowing through Vancouver’s downtown sidewalks. Looking back on his body of work we can track changes in clothing, buildings, attitudes, demographics, and love. Where did people came from? How did they related to each other? And how did they come to be at this intersection, Foncie’s Corner?