Fred Lyon: San Francisco Yesterday 1948–1958, A Photo Exhibition at San Francisco International Airport

Telegraph Hill, top of Union St at Montgomery, San Francisco, ci

San Francisco in the post-World War II era is revealed in “Fred Lyon: San Francisco Yesterday 1948–1958,” an ongoing photo exhibition at the San Francisco International Airport. The exhibition features the photography of Fred Lyon, a veteran San Francisco photographer who has been taking photos for seven decades. The exhibition is on display at the D1 North Connector Gallery through May 2013.

Fourth-generation San Franciscan Fred Lyon witnessed and photographed the transformation of his treasured hometown into a center for optimism, prosperity, and growth after World War II. For a young photographer, it was a fascinating time—a time ripe with new possibilities to capture images of the Bay Area’s people, urban landscapes, and historic San Francisco neighborhoods—Telegraph Hill, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Marina. Lyon created graphically strong black-and-white images, characteristic of mid-century photography.

Street urchin, Telegraph Hill, San Francisco 1002517

Chinatown 1948

San Francisco Chinatown architecture with cable car 1948

Sailors at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco 1002404

Steep hill, North Beach 1952 1002366

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