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Fred Lyon

Fred Lyon—Living through the Lens

Wednesday 26 November, 1—2pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
Gold coin donation. No booking required.

Fred Lyon: Living Through the Lens is an intimate exposé of San Francisco photographer Fred Lyon, who is still going strong after seven decades behind the camera. Though Lyon is one of America's leading advertising, interior design, architectural, food, wine, and travel photographers, he is best known for his mood-soaked street photography of San Francisco in the '40s and '50s. This film takes the viewer inside the world of Lyon, exploring his immense archive of San Francisco images (taken over the past 70 years), the film also goes into what it takes to make a living from photography, revealing the story of this prolific, innovative artist.

Image: Fred Lyon Post and Powell, Union Square 1947

Fred Lyon

Eugène & Berenice—Pioneers of Urban Photography

Wednesday 3 December, 1—2pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
Gold coin donation. No booking required.

Often called the father of modern photography, Frenchman Eugène Atget embraced a heartfelt realism that influenced generations of younger photographers—including an American, Berenice Abbott, who championed him in his later career and carried on his legacy. This film examines the work of both artists, juxtaposing Atget's Paris oeuvre with Abbott's views of New York, describing how their paths crossed amidst the Parisian avant-garde, shedding light on their unlikely connection to the surrealists, and helping viewers understand the aesthetic and personal bond they shared. Rare archival interview footage featuring Berenice Abbott is included, along with commentary from photographers working today.

Image: Berenice Abbott Flatiron Building, Manhattan

Last Updated 09 December 2014

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