San Francisco

San Francisco

by Santi Visalli
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Visalli ( Chicago ; Boston ) shows us nothing unique in his picture-postcard panoramas of the city Starr compares to the ancient ports of Byblos and Alexandria. Focusing on familiar landmarks, Visalli offers photographic cliches: the Transamerica Pyramid, the Golden Gate Bridge (on clear days and fog-bound), a crowded view of Ghirardelli Square, closeups of architectural decorations in Chinatown. Among interiors glimpsed are Melvin Belli's law office, chockablock with books and mementos, and the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel. Visalli is best at capturing design elements, such as the details on the facade of a Victorian house, or the pattern of waves rolling across Ocean Beach at sunset. With few shots of people, and with the city's spectacular natural setting included only incidentally, this photographic essay, intended as tribute to San Francisco's striking diversity, instead drains it of vitality. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly
Part of Universe's series covering U.S. cities (New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc.), this book serves less to show us something new about this relentlessly exposed city than to hit the high notes with enough grace to get through yet another touristic monograph. Visalli is a veteran photojournalist, and this set of expected shots shows some admirable restraint: only about a dozen of the nearly 100 shots here (including the front cover) are of the Golden Gate Bridge, while the pics of the Transamerica Pyramid building can be counted on one hand and the oft ignored Bay Bridge shows up in a lovely night skyline. Starr, state librarian of California and a San Francisco native, gives a full-bodied account of the city's multi-ethnic composition and ethos of tolerance that rings true. Very few of the pictures here include people, though, and there is little in them that hasn't been better covered elsewhere, particularly given a by-the-numbers lay-out that fails to lift the book out of the pack. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789300041
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Santi Visalli was born in Messina, Sicily, and has lived in the United States since 1959. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times.

Kevin Starr is the author of six books, including Americans and the California Dream.

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