These photographs of burned houses on West 7th Avenue were taken in July 1971 while I had a borrowed camera to do the Mud City Estates series. Back then, Fairview Slopes and eastern Kitsilano around Burrard Street were prime neighbourhoods for low income and unemployed youth living in the aged wood frame houses being bought up and converted into low rise apartment buildings. A disproportionate number of arsons took out many of these wooden structures, especially on foggy Vancouver nights when the fire department response was slowed.
Exhibited April 2015, Eraser Street show, grunt Gallery, Vancouver Canada
Vancouver’s affordable housing crisis grows ~ four low rent houses on West 7th Avenue in Fairview Slopes are knocked out by fire, July 1971.
1971 photographs, narrative montage, 24 inches wide x 20 inches high, reprinted 2014, dry mounted gelatin silver fiber base prints, hand written text.
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