Ronde de nuit : Fred Lyon

Fred Lyon - Huntington Hotel, 1958
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...and that's my ah-dream of San Francisco. Add fog, hunger-making raw fog, and the throb of neons in the soft night, the clack of high-heeled beauties, white doves in a Chinese grocery window...

Fred Lyon - Coit Tower, Castle Street, 1947

C'est apparemment ce qui l'a marqué à San Francisco, Kerouac : les hauts talons des filles, et la bouffe, oui la bouffe...

Fred Lyon

In the window I smelled all the food of San Francisco. There were seafood places out there where the buns were hot, and the baskets were good enough to eat too; where the menus themselves were soft with foody esculence as though dipped in hot broths and roasted dry and good enough to eat too. Just show me the bluefish spangle on a seafood menu and I'd eat it; let me smell the drawn butter and lobster claws. There were places where they specialized in thick red roast beef au jus, or roast chicken basted in wine. There were places where hamburgs sizzled on grills and the coffee was only a nickel. And oh, that pan-fried chow mein flavored air that blew into my room from Chinatown, vying with the spaghetti sauces of North Beach, the soft-shell crab of Fisherman's Wharf — nay, the ribs of Fillmore turning on spits! Throw in the Market Street chili beans, redhot, and french-fried potatoes of the Embarcadero wino night, and steamed clams from Sausalito across the bay, and that's my ah-dream of San Francisco...
Jack Kerouac - On the road

Fred Lyon - Foggy Night, Land's End, 1953

En ce qui me concerne, dit M. Chat, ce n'est pas la qualité de la bouffe qui m'a frappé. Et puis je n'y suis allé qu'une seule fois, et puis c'était il y a vingt ans. Et puis c'était dans des circonstances mi-honteuses mi-burlesques mais je peux confirmer, ce qu'il y a de mieux à San Francisco, c'est la nuit, ajoutez-y le brouillard, un brouillard brut à vous rendre affamé, et la pulsation des néons dans la nuit douce...

Fred Lyon
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Toutes photos © Fred Lyon

Des photos grand format et quelques mots de Fred Lyon sur RFOTOFOLIO. Et sur les quais de San Francisco, autour de la Coit Tower, ici, déjà.

Dixie Jazz Band (Billy James and his Orchestra) - I've Got The San Francisco Blues, 1929
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