The 2014 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (SFFAS) wrapped up two weekends ago, having run from October 23-26 at Fort Mason. The SFFAS is a world acclaimed international antiques and art show, and has risen to become one of the most prestigious and renowned. Featuring art and furnishings by both national and international dealers, the SFFAS provides designers, collectors, and art appreciators alike with inspiration and a week of fun events, beauty, and culture. The opening gala was a festive evening filled with great food, drinks and an opportunity to catch up with design colleagues outside of the usual workspace.
A notable artist featured at this year’s show was Fred Lyon, a renowned photographer and fourth generation San Francisco native. Now 90 years old, Lyon has been photographing professionally since the early 1940’s. His fruitful career has landed him with work in magazines such as Vogue and Life, and he continues to be a photography icon today. His book, San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960 is a comprehensive, artistic glimpse into the beauty of San Francisco. Featuring dynamic photos of local landmarks, city views, stunning geography, and iconic people, the book truly immerses readers into the era in which the photos were shot.
I have seen a lot of photography of San Francisco over the years, but there is a a quality to Fred Lyon’s work that I have not seen elsewhere. Having seen countless vintage photos of San Francisco, I wasn’t prepared to be wowed, but Lyon’s photos truly transport you to a previous era…there is something very magical about his work that must be experienced in person. Make sure to catch his exhibit and book signing at the Harvey Milk Photography Center in SF from November 8th – January 10th.