Old San Francisco

©Fred Lyon

Harkening back to classic noir films is a new collection of Fred Lyon’s black-and-white photography, “San Francisco Noir” (Princeton Architectural Press), which features foggy night scenes illuminated by neon signs, car lights, apartment windows, and streetlights. Many of the photos strike a mysterious tone thanks to the use of double exposure and blurred motion. 

Lyon, who studied under Ansel Adams and is considered one of San Francisco’s greatest hotographers, died in 2022 at the age of 97. He was a lifelong resident and documented his native city over many decades while working as a fashion, editorial, architectural, and commercial photographer. His photography has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Legion of Honor, among other museums, and featured in magazines including Life and Vogue.

Amanda Arnold is a senior editor.