Bill Cunningham train

Bill Cunningham’s “Façade” Presented By The New York Historical Society

Photos courtesy of The New York Historical Society

Famed New York Times street and runway fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, in conjunction with the New York Historical Society, will be presenting a series of 88 prints from his “Façade” series. Originally submitted to the New York Historical Society in 1976, the prints will now be revisited and displayed as a way to “highlight the historical perspective the photographs suggest”.

Cunningham takes a photo

For the “Façade” series, Cunningham, in the years between 1968 and 1976, took to the streets of New York to document how its architecture and fashion were both complimentary and harmonious. Cunningham was able to capture this by taking advantage of his knowledge of the city’s abundance of thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs. Pairing what he found with different locations, Cunningham and his models created scenes that would allow the city’s history to exude from his photographs. This was all made possible by Cunningham taking to the city’s streets on the bike synonymous with the man himself.

Bill Cunningham takes a photo at Grand Central Terminal

“Façade”” is a very dope series of images four decades old that feel like they’re about a hundred years old, including an image of what looks to be a debonair lady of the roaring ’20s transplanted into a subway car showing the very beginnings of what we know as graffiti today. How’s that for “Flashback Friday”?

You can check out Bill Cunningham’s photos over at The New York Historical Society until June 15th, 2014 which will be the closing date of the exhibit. To get to know a little more about Bill and his history as the father of Street Fashion Photography be sure to check out the video above.


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