Foncie Pulice began taking photographs of pedestrians in Vancouver back in the middle of the Depression. It wasn’t as common then for people to have their own camera and the street photographer offered an opportunity to get a candid snapshot of yourself. Then, during the Second World War, business really picked up as film was rationed; the street photographer was the only option.
Pulice took his last photograph on September 27, 1979, then retired. He probably photographed more people than anyone else in the world, sometimes taking as many as 8,000 photos a day. And he was the last of the line. At one time there were at least six companies doing street photography in the city. Pulice was the last.
Pulice’s Electric-Photo camera, with a flash powered by a car battery, is now in the Museum of Vancouver. He died in 2003 at the age of eighty-eight.