With a name that still manages to catch everyone’s attention, you can be sure that this person would be instantly recognised anywhere he went!
Only thing is, this Foncie was not the same kinda guy that we’re all used to seeing in that old TV show.
I’m talking about Foncie Pulice, Vancouver city’s best known and fondly remembered street photographer.
Foncie took literally millions of photographs bet ween 1935 and through to the end of the 80s. He was to be found at all the busy areas of Vancouver, like Stanley Park, Granville St, Robson St, etc. and it was a privilege to be photographed by him.
The funny thing is, even though street photography was a dying art in the 1030s, Foncie still made and effort to find his niche and make it very popular, no mean feat.
In the early days, he worked as a painter, but decides to try his hand at photography, which he liked and anyway it was a sure-fire way to meet hundreds of pretty girls, so he found himself a job working for Joe Iasi, who owned Kandid Kamera Snaps at 612 West Hastings St.
Shortly after military service, he became a partner with EM Brant, who owned Metro Photos at 550 Granville St, buying the business out himself a year later and renaming it Foncie’s Fotos. I often want to go take a look at these addresses where he worked, just to see what exists there now! Probably some modern chain store, or cellphone shops!
And that’s the location where he flourished, well known as a happy, ebullient man who was loved and adored by all who met him.
Foncie passed away in January 2003 aged 88 years.
A true legend!