Synopses & Reviews
A cable-car silhouette stands against the lingering brilliance of the setting sun, the Golden Gate Bridge is aswirl in fog as dawn creeps over the bay. Victorian houses on Alamo Square, drenched in color, compete for attention, and stacks of steaming crabs await the tourists on Fisherman's Wharf. Over a period of two years, Santi Visalli has beautifully captured more than 165 photographs.
Visalli has explored the financial district, its skyline punctuated with skyscrapers such as the Bank One of America and Transamerica buildings; Chinatown and the Japanese community, Ginza West, where East meets West in a medley of pagodas, antique stores, and exotic foods; historical San Francisco, with its nineteenth-century Victorian homes and refurbished developments, including the Cannery and Ghiradelli Square; and beautiful Golden Gate Park, teeming with activities as diverse as opera and kiteflying. Seaside cliffs, zigzag streets, intimate restaurants, smoke-filled night spots, public gardens, and cultural institutions--Visalli has photographed them all in varying light and weather for visitors and natives alike.
An essential seaport, San Francisco has become a world city, despite its small size and population. A crossroads between America and the East, it is a city of diverse cultures, peoples, and lifestyles. In this volume Santi Visalli brings together the historical and topical, creating a lasting tribute to this pearl of the Pacific Rim, San Francisco.
'Views of the old hometown are offered up, many of them surprising in the way Visalli transforms the obvious and banal into the exciting and unique.' An essential seaport, San Francisco has become a world city, despite its small size and population. A crossroads between America and the East, it is a city of diverse cultures, peoples, and lifestyles. In this volume Santi Visalli brings together the historical and topical, creating a lasting tribute to this pearl of the Pacific Rim, San Francisco.
In this richly illustrated hardcover book, award-winning photojournalist Santi Visalli has beautifully captured the warmth and spirit of San Francisco. Spectacular views of the city's most notable landmarks-the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Lombard Hill-are joined by images of the city's newest sites, including San Francisco MoMA, the stylish new Clift Hotel, and PacBell Stadium. The book brings together the historical and topical, creating a lasting tribute to this pearl of the Pacific Rim
The first title in a new series from Universe, San Francisco is a great package at an affordable price, offering tourists the perfect memento of an unforgettable trip. A gorgeous celebration of what is arguable he most beautiful city in the United States, the book will also be a favorite for native San Franciscans and armchair travelers alike.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Award-winning photojournalist Santi Visalli
was born in Messina, Sicily, and has lived in the United States since 1959. His photographs have appeared in Time
, and the New York Times
, as well as in other leading magazines and newspapers throughout the world. Mr. Visalli is currently president of the Foreign Press Association of New York.
Dr. Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California, resides in his native San Francisco and in Sacramento and is the author of six books, including the series Americans and the California Dream. His writing has won him a Guggenheim Fellowship, membership in the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society, and the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California.