Thursday, August 3, 2017

Throwback Thursday " Editta Sherman by Bill Cunningham"


Editta Sherman on the Subway, ca. 1968-1976
© Bill Cunningham, Image provided by New-York Historical Societ

Today's wonderful photograph of Editta Sherman by the legend Bill Cunningham. I still cannot believe he is gone, I think we all felt he would live forever. If you were not aware, Bill was the photographer for the NY Times who passed away in 2016 at the young age of 87.

His most notable columns in the Times, On the Street and Evening Hours ran in the paper from February 26, 1989 until shortly before his death in 2016. For On the Street, Cunningham photographed people and the passing scene in the streets of Manhattan, often at the corner Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, which the New York Times called Cunningham's "main perch".

I was thrilled to attend press previews for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's fashion exhibits where I saw Bill twice. The first time I was just so thrilled and excited, second time - same reaction!! 

He was the subject of a documentary, Bill Cunningham: New York (2010), in which he summed up his approach with characteristic modesty: “I don’t decide anything. I let the street speak to me, and in order for the street to speak to you, you’ve got to stay out there and see what it is.” If you love New York, fashion or photography, it is a MUST see documentary! 

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