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.
Some thoughts from the offspring of the subject in this 1949 Foncie photo:
“In 1949 Roy Burman Weber, my father, then 13 years old, decided to take an unscheduled day off from school. As he walked in down town Vancouver, a fellow snapped this picture and handed him a claim ticket which he put in his jacket pocket and quickly forgot. Later his mother found the ticket and used it to pick up the photo. Undeniable evidence in hand, she confronted him about skipping school and he still remembers the licking he got.”
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 leading up to the premiere of the documentary film being released in the summer. Share your memories (or the ones you find in your parents’ and grandparents’ archives) and become a part of Vancouver’s history!