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Fa├žades - Cunningham, Bill; Sherman, Editta (model); - 1978. [1275436]
Penguin Books, New York 1978 - First edition of New York street photographer Bill Cunningham's only book, a collaboration with the artist Editta Sherman, the "Duchess of Carnegie Hall." Cunningham and Sherman lived and worked side by side in the artist studios above Carnegie Hall, and shared a passion for vintage clothing. Between 1968 and 1976, Cunningham took thousands of photographs of Sherman in period costume, featuring Manhattan architecture of each era as the backdrop: an Empire-waisted muslin gown paired with City Hall (1802-1811), a Victorian hoop skirt with Cooper Union (1859), a pleated Fortuny gown with the Stock Exchange (1903), a modernistic domed hat with the Guggenheim Museum (1959). Cunningham scouted locations by bicycle, and Sherman arrived by bus or subway, so as not to wrinkle the clothes: "proceeding in their unusual manner, Bill and the Duchess have by-passed the strict decorum and posture of period photography and documentation for a more playful animation." Whimsical as the photographs are, Cunningham's keen attention to detail gives the collection real historical value; Fa├žades dates from the same era as the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, created in response to the casual destruction of Penn Station. Cunningham's original photographs for Fa├žades were first exhibited in 1977 at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and are now housed at the New-York Historical Society. A near-fine copy, inscribed by Editta Sherman at the age of 100. Large octavo, 128 pp., original metallic photographic wrappers printed in red and blue. Black-and-white photographs on every page. Inscribed on front free endpaper: "Sept 20 _ 12 / With Best Wishes / Editta Sherman." Lightest edgewear, small bump to head of spine. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Honey & Wax Booksellers, ABAA]
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