San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960

By Fred Lyon

With a landmark round each nook and an image excellent view atop each hill, San Francisco should be the world's so much 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 experience of grandeur most sensible captured by way of a guy often called San Francisco's Brassai. strolling the city's foggy streets, the fourth-generation San Franciscan captures the local's view in dramatic black-and-white photographs— from fog-drenched mornings in North seashore and cable autos on marketplace road to moody evening pictures of Coit Tower and the twists and turns of Lombard road. In San Francisco, Portrait of a urban 1940–1960, Fred Lyon captures the enduring landscapes and exclusive personalities that remodeled the town via the bay right into a legend. Lyon's anecdotes and private remembrances, together with sly pictures of San Francisco characters akin to 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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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. little ones enjoying 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 hang to steep wooded hills on the north finish of the Golden Gate Bridge. within the days sooner than the bridge was once outfitted, the town’s harbor situated 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terminal and used to be domestic to the remnants of a Portuguese fishing fleet, a few yachts, and a graveyard of outdated crusing vessels sinking into the dust.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 conflict II, the laid-back surroundings and availability of inexpensive area from the deserted shipyard attracted many younger dreamers (and one photographer). Foggy kinfolk day out. Piers at the foggy Embarcadero. seashore 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 depart at Fisherman’s Wharf deciding to buy souvenirs. Ocean seashore from Sutro Heights. The Cliff apartment The Cliff residence, besides Sutro Baths, was once Gold Rush entrepreneur Adolph Sutro’s westernmost jewel. Sutro’s turreted Victorian incarnation of the eatery (there were 5 Cliff homes altogether) burned down in 1907. A reworked model of the constitution visible the following nonetheless stands. younger sailors getting down to sea. Boats of San Francisco’s crab fishing fleet at Fisherman’s Wharf. Fresh-caught Dungeness crabs. Undersized crabs needs to be thrown again. Herring fishermen, Sausalito’s previous city in distance. crusing on San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz in distance. Bay crusing; Sterling Hayden’s Gracie S. A tanker heads out to sea throughout the Golden Gate. Crab fishermen haul up a seize outdoors the Golden Gate. Ship’s rudder frames Islais Creek in fog. Fisherman’s Wharf, crabs clean from the sidewalk cauldron. Unloading an imported vehicle from a freighter at the Embarcadero. Freighter moored close to the Bay Bridge. The San Francisco skyline from Sausalito’s typhoon Gulch. Embarcadero espresso store The Embarcadero stretches alongside San Francisco’s japanese waterfront and was the focal point of big hard work uprisings. right here, stevedores, who have been pivotal to dealing with Pacific cargos, crowd right into a small espresso shack for a warming mug of robust espresso and maybe a bowl of chili or different solid fare. Longshoremen loading sacks of wheat, Islais Creek. Sidewalk produce marketplace, North seashore. Chinatown fish marketplace, trout. Chinatown fish and meat marketplace. Cable automobile upkeep employee. industry road, Hibernia financial institution. R. Matteucci jewelers’ highway clock. consumers on Chinatown’s supply road. Jones and O’Farrell Streets cable line. Cable vehicle passenger. Downtown lunch building staff experience their front-row seats above the bustle of the noonday crowd.

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