On the streets of Nelson — at celebrations, observances, parades and protests — Fred Rosenberg and his camera have been a ubiquitous, quiet presence for nearly four decades. Now, a selection of Rosenberg’s photographs are gathered into a new book to be launched Friday, September 10 at Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History.
Anecdotal Evidence: Fred Rosenberg, Nelson Photographs features 116 photographs from across the decades, with an introduction by fellow photographer Jeremy Addington and an artist statement by Rosenberg.
A film photographer working in black and white, Rosenberg brings both sensibility and sensitivity into his photographic approach, qualities that influenced poignant images of Remembrance Day ceremonies and which resulted in personal invitations to photograph births and deaths, those most intimate of life passages. He has photo-documented myriad aspects of Nelson life, from individuals to organizations.
“Fred provided an unexpected, and in hindsight, essential role in the development of Kootenay Co-op Radio. His photographs have documented the emergence of the station—warts and all—into what it is today, capturing the timbre of its unique personalities and relationships,” says station co-founded Zoe Creighton. “Fred’s photographs provide an indispensable record of Nelson’s human evolution over nearly four decades.”
The book is released by local publisher Ceriph Press, owned by former librarian and long-time arts advocate Anne DeGrace.
“It’s been such a privilege to collaborate with Fred on this project,” she says. “After working together to winnow thousands of images to this curated selection, the result is a reflection of a community, a showcase of work by a gifted photographer, and a very beautiful book.”
Anecdotal Evidence will be available at Touchstones Nelson Museum, and in bookstores, gift shops, and through the publisher. To attend the launch, people are asked to call Touchstones Nelson Museum at 250-352-9813 to pre-register as space is limited due to ongoing Covid safety protocols.
Photo Caption: Piggyback ride during flood, Lakeside soccer fields, 2012. Fred Rosenberg’s Nelson photographs are soon to be in a book. (Photo credit: Fred Rosenberg)