Bridges of LightFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889223769 | hardback

$39.95 | 208 pages | Pub. Date: 1997
12.00 W × 9.00 H × 0.75 D inches
Non-Fiction | Backlist | Bisac: BIO001000
ISBN 13: 9780889223769 | Rights: WORLD

Bridges of Light
Otto Landauer of Leonard Frank Photos, 1945-1980
By Cyril E. Leonoff
Photographs by Otto Landauer

Otto Landauer was a modest man. He was proud of Vancouver, felt strongly that his photographs recorded the continuum of the history of the city and he had an archivist’s determination that the photos he produced with such loving care, like those of his predecessor, Leonard Frank, should be preserved for posterity. But it never would have occurred to Landauer that his personal story mattered. Yet it does. In a substantial introductory biography, Bridges of Light tells the harrowing, heartbreaking and ultimately redeeming story of persecution, survival and the final triumph of Otto Landauer’s intrepid faith. It is inseparable from the art of his photographs, and his superb craftsmanship matters to anyone concerned with or at all interested in the history of photography. Otto Landauer was part of a long line of great photographers of the Canadian West, and in the medium of black and white, he was at the magnificent end of that line.

A companion piece to and continuation of An Enterprising Life, the first volume in the Leonard Frank Studio publications, Bridges of Light is a beautiful photo art book containing more than 300 photographs reproduced in exquisite 200 line screen duotones on wood-free paper.

By Cyril E. Leonoff

Cyril E. Leonoff (1925–2016) was a professional engineer and historian who wrote on both engineering and on the history of British Columbia and Western Canada. He was past-president of the Vancouver Historical Society and the Jewish Historical Society and has chaired the Vancouver Heritage Advisory Committee. His two books published by Talonbooks in the Leonard Frank Studio series are Bridges of Light: Otto Landauer of Leonard Frank Photos, 1945–1980 (1997) and An Enterprising Life: Photographs of Leonard Frank (1990 – now out of print).

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Photographs by Otto Landauer

Otto Landauer was part of a long line of great photographers of the Canadian West, and in the medium of black and white, he was at the magnificent end of that line.

Read more about Otto Landauer


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