Cover - The Californian Issue – Vol.IV - Photographed by Yoye

Backcover - The Californian Issue – Vol.IV - Photographed by Gloria Silva

THE CALIFORNIAN ISSUE

California is all-encompassing. It is a living creature made of sand, salt and wood, undergoing constant change; a restless and unreachable entity. She hides enigmatically behind a misty veil, while baring her charms in the false calm of the desert. Her forests explode towards the sky and her mountains challenge the ocean. California mutates in every atom, expanding in opposite landscapes that encompass unique patterns of thought, home to a human universe of contrast and of ways of interrogating oneself and the environment.Some of its cities emerge like a miracle under the sun, on the desert and the naked mountains, silent witnesses of beauty and artificial commodities. Others diminish their human inhabitants with the sheer size of its constructions. These gigantic conurbations spread their asphalt tentacles following a restless rhythm, the rhythm of the vibrant steps of its dwellers, who emerge victorious from their fight against the dictatorship of the clock. Open spaces capable of creating a new horizon with dreams from all around the world, places that can redefine identities and infuse them with new energy.

San Francisco - Photographed by Yoye / Stylists: Gemma Martin & Javier Lozoya

Left Page: Photographed by Andoni + Arantxa / Right Page: Photographed by Gloria Silva

Fred Lyon, a.k.a. "San Francisco´s Brassai", has prowled the City's back streets for more than 75 years. Following a stint as a Navy photographer during World War II, he plunged into fashion in New York, but he longed for the life in the West. His return to the city of his birth launched a career as a magazine photographer during the Golden Age of publishing. Life, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, House & Garden, and Holiday led the list. His work has been exhibited in San Francisco at SF Museum of Modern Art and the Legion of Honor Museum. In 2016, he was recognized as a San Francisco Icon, prompting him to remark, "I´d best stay in motion or someone might fasten a brass plaque on me".

Big Sur Coast - Photographed by Gloria Silva

Jonathan Cross is an artist who creates ceramic pieces, sculptures and installations based on stone and fire. The desert is for him a living and a dynamic scene that communicates through light, shadows and contrasts. Cross picks up her voice and shapes it into pieces based on stone or ceramics that go through the sacred process of fire. The result is highly expressive simple lines, whose geometry joins two worlds, the natural of the stone and the human with its intervention on it; two times, the timelessness of the raw material and the present with its purified forms.

San Francisco - Photrographed by Yoye / Stylist: Gema Martin & Javier Lozoya

Left page: Palm Springs Desert photographed by Gloria Silva / Right page photographed by Andoni + Arantxa

Saint Mary´s Cathedral - San Francisco photographed by Gloria Silva

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