SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will be hosting Fred Lyon’s Photography Exhibit at Harvey Milk Center starting on November 8th. The exhibit will last until January 8th, 2015. Photographer Fred Lyon was born in San Francisco in 1924, and he calls himself a “third or fourth generation native.”
“We are thankful that Fred Lyon, a brilliant artist, is willing to trust us with his work and share with the general public for free,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “His photos not only tell the fascinating stories of San Francisco, they also transcend us to a different era of this City by the Bay.”
After photographing the navy and the White House, and shooting for the big fashion houses in New York, he moved back to SF in 1946. Here he freelanced for popular magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, Life, and Seventeen. Lyon captured San Francisco that was captivating the country. His subjects range widely from food and fashion to wine, news, and architecture.
Established in the early 1940’s, the San Francisco Photography Center is the oldest public darkroom in the United States. The Center moved to the Harvey Milk Recreation Center in 1957, and since became the Harvey Milk Photo Center, and has been a community hub for artists.