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San Francisco. Portrait of a City Hardcover – 8 January 2022
Starting with an early picture of a gang of badass gold prospectors who put this beautiful Northern California city on the map, this ambitious and immersive photographic history of San Francisco takes a winding tour through the city from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.
Enjoy eye-catching views of the city's most enduring landmarks and symbols: the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, the picturesque trams that wind up and down the famously steep hills, the popular waterfront, its beautiful bay, and its spectacular cityscapes and vistas. San Francisco's counterculture movements that shaped our collective consciousness are also featured prominently: the beats of North Beach, the hippies of Haight-Ashbury, the gay communities of Castro, and the Black Panthers of neighboring Oakland. Some of the city's most famous residents also make appearances: Robin Williams, The Grateful Dead, Angela Davis, Janis Joplin, Sylvester, and Allen Ginsberg, among others.
This book features hundreds of newly found images from dozens of archives including museums, universities, libraries, galleries, private collections, and historical societies, from 19th-century daguerreotypes to mid-century Kodachromes to 21st-century digital pictures. Master photographers include, among others: Stephen Shore, Imogen Cunningham, Fred Lyon, Steve Schapiro, Minor White, Dorothea Lange, Albert Watson, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, William Claxton, Fred Herzog, Ansel Adams, Jim Marshall, and many local shooters. Also includes introductory essays and captions by Bay Area-based author Richie Unterberger and a "Best of San Francisco" books, music, and movies section and biographies of the photographers. Tony Bennett famously sang, "I left my heart in San Francisco," and this meticulously researched and conceived portrait will equally inspire and make you fall in love with the spirit of the City by the Bay.
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The array of photographers represented covers every celebrated name ever to click a camera in this town. ― Fred Lyon
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- Publisher : TASCHEN; Multilingual edition (8 January 2022)
- Language : Multilingual
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 3836574853
- ISBN-13 : 978-3836574853
- Dimensions : 26.3 x 4.5 x 35.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 390,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Es ist umfangreich bebildert und die Texte sind informativ.
Allerdings ist es auch ein echt schwerer „Brocken“.
While there are no recent photos of the city, this book is more about the history of the city through the lens of very talented photographers, some of which are anonymous but I was glad to see them published anyway.
This is a hefty book at over 8 pounds but is also beautifully bound with nice big and popping photos, I'm not sure if it comes in other sizes but would recommend this one for that alone. There's also a lot of citations of popular events and people who have touched the city in one way or another. It does come in multiple languages which adds to the heft but not enough to detract from it all.
If you're a fan of San Francisco history and photography, this is the book for you.