By Fred Lyon
With a landmark round each nook and an image excellent view atop each hill, San Francisco should be the world's such a lot picturesque urban. And but, the Golden urban is a lot more than postcard vistas. it is a city alive with heritage, tradition, and a palpable feel of grandeur most sensible captured by means of a guy referred to as San Francisco's Brassai. jogging the city's foggy streets, the fourth-generation San Franciscan captures the local's view in dramatic black-and-white images— from fog-drenched mornings in North seashore and cable autos on industry road to moody evening photographs of Coit Tower and the twists and turns of Lombard road. In San Francisco, Portrait of a urban 1940–1960, Fred Lyon captures the long-lasting landscapes and exclusive personalities that remodeled town by way of the bay right into a legend. Lyon's anecdotes and private remembrances, together with sly photos of San Francisco characters reminiscent of author Herb Caen, painters Richard Diebenkorn and Jean Varda, and madame and previous mayor of Sausalito Sally Stanford upload an artist's first-hand view to this portrait of a vintage American urban.
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Powell & marketplace The cable motor vehicle turnaround has lengthy been motion significant. I took this shot from a second-story place of work window at the south part of industry highway to higher show off this city crossroads and the lengthy, steep climb up Powell highway to Nob Hill. The now long-gone Woolworth’s holds a unique position in my center. In these days, its bustling lunch counter was once the resource of my basic diet—cheap scorching canine. freeing the cable motor vehicle turnaround. Cable motor vehicle, Jones and Taylor Streets. Cable automobile turnaround, marketplace and Powell Streets. Cable vehicle passing the St. Francis inn on Union sq.. Striding up the steep hills of North seashore. Aerial view of downtown and South Bay, Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill in foreground. California road cable vehicle prepares to climb Nob Hill. Windswept cypress timber above Ocean seashore. portray lower than the roadbed of the Golden Gate Bridge. Alcatraz in distance. Above the Golden Gate Bridge The pilots of the small seaplanes I used for aerial images by no means desired to move as little as I did in the course of our flyovers of the Golden Gate Bridge, yet this point of view has an immediacy that excites me. outdated fortress element nestles less than the south anchorage (at top). And simply examine that site visitors: it hasn’t been that sparse in a long time. The Golden Gate Bridge disappearing into the fog from the Marin anchorage. Painters including a brand new layer of “International Orange” to the Golden Gate Bridge. Painter inside of a beam, lower than the roadbed of the Golden Gate Bridge. the bottom of Golden Gate Bridge’s south tower. dawn and light-weight fog, Alcatraz in distance. portray the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. Golden Gate Bridge site visitors. A Golden Gate Bridge painter climbs a cable. Seagull over the Golden Gate Bridge, dealing with west to the Pacific Ocean. Fog shrouds the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. childrens taking part in within the surf on Baker seashore, Golden Gate Bridge in distance. Foggy morning on Sausalito’s bayfront, Bridgeway. writer Ernie Gann’s yawl at anchor. Playland at Ocean seashore. Bridgeway within the fog, Sausalito Sausalito’s tile-roofed houses hold to steep wooded hills on the north finish of the Golden Gate Bridge. within the days earlier than the bridge used to be equipped, the town’s harbor established at the ferryboat terminal and used to be domestic to the remnants of a Portuguese fishing fleet, a few yachts, and a graveyard of outdated crusing vessels sinking into the dust. After global warfare II, the laid-back surroundings and availability of inexpensive area from the deserted shipyard attracted many younger dreamers (and one photographer). Foggy relatives day out. Piers at the foggy Embarcadero. beach revelers at Baker seashore. overdue afternoon fog rolls in from the Pacific over Ocean seashore. Cruise send send-off. Boys fishing, Fisherman’s Wharf. Boatbuilder in Sausalito’s south cove. Artist Jean Varda’s ferryboat domestic and studio. Ocean seashore. Sailors at the bay. Sailors on go away at Fisherman’s Wharf purchasing souvenirs. Ocean seashore from Sutro Heights. The Cliff apartment The Cliff apartment, in addition to Sutro Baths, used to be Gold Rush entrepreneur Adolph Sutro’s westernmost jewel.