San Francisco. Portrait of a City

Since the mid-1800s, this unique and lyrical Northern California city has attracted artists, free spirits, dreamers, and entrepreneurs. In the 1950s, Tony Bennett immortalized her in his famous song “I left my heart in San Francisco.” Nearly 500 pages of stunning images from dozens of archives and collections offer a comprehensive tour of San Francisco from its earliest years to today.

This ambitious photographic story of the beautiful Northern California city begins with an image of a group of gold prospectors who put it on the map. From there, take a winding journey from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
Enjoy the most attractive views of the city’s emblematic monuments and symbols: the puente Golden Gate, Chinatown, the picturesque trams that go up and down its famous hills, the popular boardwalk, the beautiful bay and the spectacular urban landscapes. A prominent place is also dedicated to the countercultural movements of San Francisco that shaped our collective consciousness: the generation beat de North Beachlos hippies de Haight-Ashburylas Castro’s gay communities and the Black Panthers from neighboring Oakland. Some of the city’s most famous residents also make an appearance: Robin Williams, The Grateful Dead, Angela Davis, Janis Joplin, Sylvester y Allen Ginsbergamong others.

This book features hundreds of images, many of them previously unpublished, drawn from dozens of archives from museums, universities, libraries, galleries, private collections and historical societies., from 19th-century daguerreotypes to mid-20th-century kodachromes and 21st-century digital photography. The photographs are signed by masters of the stature of: Stephen Shore, Imogen Cunningham, Fred Lyon, Steve Schapiro, Minor White, Dorothea Lange, Albert Watson, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, William Claxton, Fred Herzog, Ansel Adams y Jim Marshall, as well as many other local photographers. It also includes introductory essays and annotations by Bay Area writer Richie Unterberger, as well as a section on “Best of San Francisco” books, music, and movies, and biographies of the photographers. Like Tony Bennett with his famous song “I left my heart in San Francisco,” the meticulous design and research behind this book will have you falling in love with the spirit of the city by the bay.

San Francisco. Portrait of a City

About the publisher

Reuel Golden was editor of British Journal of Photography and is TASCHEN’s photo editor. His TASCHEN titles include: Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowiethe books about New York and London from the series portrait of a city, Andy Warhol. Polaroids, The Rolling Stones, Her Majesty, Football in the 1970seditions of National Geographic y The David Bailey SUMO.

About the Author

Richie UnterbergerHe is the author of numerous rock history books, including volumes on the Who, Bob Marley, and 1960s folk-rock. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area for 35 years, he has contributed to numerous publications, including MOJO, Record Collectory The Oxford American. He teaches courses at several Bay Area universities, including the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and the University of California at Berkeley.