Fred Lyon

Photographer Fred Lyon has been called "San Francisco's Brassaï". He's also been compared to Cartier-Bresson, Atget, and Andre Kertesz, but with a San Francisco twist. That's fine with this lifelong San Francisco Native who happily admits his debt to those icons.

Now 88, his nonstop career reaches back to the early 1940s and embraced news, fashion, architecture, advertising, and food. In the golden years of magazines his picture credits were everywhere from LIFE to VOGUE. He is now combining his extensive picture files for galleries, publishers, and print collectors. And he's still excited when he gets a call offering a new commission.