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San Francisco, Portrait of a City 1940--1960 Fred Lyon

San Francisco, Portrait of a City 1940--1960

Fred Lyon

Details: Hardcover
Size: 8.5 X 11 IN
Pages: 224
Color: 200 Duotones
Publication Date: 09/16/2014
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616892661

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With a landmark around every corner and a picture perfect view atop every hill, San Francisco might be the world s most picturesque city. And yet, the Golden City is so much more than postcard vistas. It s a town alive with history, culture, and a palpable sense of grandeur best captured by a man known as'san Francisco s Brassai. Walking the city's foggy streets, the fourth-generation San Franciscan captures the local s view in dramatic black and white photos, from fog-drenched mornings in North Beach and cable cars on Market Street to moody night shots of Coit Tower and the twists and turns of Lombard Street. In San Francisco, Portrait of a City 1940--1960, Fred Lyon captures the iconic landscapes and one-of-a-kind personalities that transformed the city by the bay into a legend. Lyon s anecdotes and personal remembrances, including sly portraits of San Francisco characters such as writer Herb Caen, painters Richard Diebenkorn and Jean Varda, and madame and former mayor of Sausalito Sally Stanford add an artist s first-hand view to this portrait of a classic American city.

  • Lively mix of street photography, landscapes, anecdotes, and an in-depth look into the jazz scene and the highs society world of opera and ballet
  • Fred Lyon s work has been compared to such master photographers as Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Berenice Abbott, and Eugene Atget

Fred Lyon studied under famed nature photographer Ansel Adams, did photographic work for the Navy during WWII, and contributed to numerous fashion and home and garden magazines. He has exhibited his work at the San Francisco s Palace Legion of Honor, The Art Institute of Chicago, and was the subject of a LIFE magazine retrospective.

Editorial Reviews

...his passion for San Francisco is certainly evident in this extensive collection of images.


Stunning photos.