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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. InSan 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.
In the early days of his career, Fred Lyon a former photographer for Vogue and Life Magazine, amassed a stellar collection of photographs of the street life, iconic sights and unexpected moments of San Francisco in its mid-century heyday. This book collects his images of the city from between 1940 through 1960.
Number of Pages: 223
Genre: Photography, History
Sub-Genre: USA / State + Local / West, Individual Photographer, Subjects + Themes / Regional
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
Author: Fred Lyon
Street Date: September 16, 2014
Item Number (DPCI): 247-08-9071