Bill Cunningham’s ‘Facade’ on view in NYC

Photographer Bill Cunningham’s 1968-1978 project, “Facades,” opened this week at the New-York Historical Society. Cunningham, a veteran fashion photographer, is known for his candid images from the streets of New York and the social and fashion pages of The New York Times. His distinctive voice makes his “On The Street” a favorite on their site. The historical society described the exhibition of gelatin silver prints, which runs through June 15:

In 1968, Bill Cunningham embarked on an ambitious eight-year project: He collected over 500 vintage outfits and photographed them on models in more than 1,800 historic New York City locations. This Friday, the resulting series — entitled “Facades.”


Bill Cunningham’s muse Editta Sherman dressed in a Victorian period costume, on the train to a photo shoot at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 1972, in New York. (AP Photo/New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham)

 


Bill Cunningham’s muse Editta Sherman in front of the Associated Press Building at Rockefeller Center, which was built ca. 1939, in New York.  (AP Photo/New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham)

 


TBill Cunningham’s muse Editta Sherman in front of St. Paul’s Chapel and Churchyard, which was built ca. 1766-96, in New York. (AP Photo/New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham)

Bill Cunningham’s muse Editta Sherman wearing a costume ca. 1910, in front of Federal Hall, which was built ca. 1842, in New York.  (AP Photo/New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham)

Bill Cunningham’s muse Editta Sherman in front of the Gothic bridge in Central Park, which was designed in 1860, in New York. (AP Photo/New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bill Cunningham)

 

Nick Kirkpatrick is a digital photo editor at The Washington Post. Follow him on Instagram or on Twitter.
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