I found this book about a year ago at BOOKMARC in the West Village.  It was kind of expensive but it was the one and only time I’ve ever seen it.


Notice that it was published by Penguin! My publisher! They seem to have a thing for street photographers.

Guess what, now this book is the basis of an exhibit in New York.  Below is the official information.

In 1968 Bill Cunningham embarked on an 8-year photography project to capture the story of Periodic fashion with New York’s historic architecture and aptly named this project “Facades”.

In 1978 “Facades” was published as book, and 4 decades later is now a beautiful exhibition at the New-York Historical Society running through June 15.

‘Bill Cunningham: Facades’ is a collaborative work between Ms.Editta Sherman’s collection of well-archived vintage clothes as Mr. Cunningham photographed her on the streets in New York, ensuring the clothes relate the locations exemplifying the period, ranging from the late 18th century to the 1950s.

Mr. Cunningham donated most of the 88 gelatin silver prints to the New-York Historical Society when the book was completed, which can now be seen at the exhibition.

A must see if you love New York, Fashion, Architecture or Photography…or all!




When: 14 March 2014- 15 June 2014



New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West

at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)

New York, NY 10024




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  1. sandyy

    March 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Love the bubble coat, it looks very comfy :)


  2. Karen

    March 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Congrats on the find! This book is very hard to find. They are legends and they did such a great job on this project.

  3. Rita

    March 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    What a cool project for them! I never plan to visit NY but this type of exhibition would definitely be on my list!

  4. Lynette

    March 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    What an amazing find. So jealous! Just watched “Bill Cunningham New York” again last night with my daughter, who’s 10, and adores him. Sweet coincidence.

  5. [email protected]

    March 20, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    YES, finally.

  6. Martine

    March 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Cool idea. I have seen the book, actually. Just don’t know where.

  7. Ramona

    March 21, 2014 at 8:54 am

  8. Judy K

    March 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I have the book, it’s a classic. Would anyone like to buy it?
    I am [email protected]

  9. [email protected], INC.

    March 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    What a wonderful exhibit! I sure hope it travels.

  10. Simone Fraser

    March 22, 2014 at 2:41 am

    If anyone deserves to find such a book/treasure as this, it’s you, Scott1

  11. Michael Scott

    March 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I remember Bill’s fashion reviews in Details Magazine from a million years. Details was very affordable. At that time, comprehensive photographic representations of runway shows were only available in huge, glossy, super-expensive magazines so those issues of Details were treasured by poor kids like me. Honestly? I think he is a complete rebel in the best sense of the word.

  12. arturo

    March 26, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Amazing find and great write up on the subject. Cunningham is an institution. How is there just 12 comments on this?

  13. John

    April 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Many, many years ago I too stumbled upon this book, but it was at the Strand Bookstore in the Village. At that time they were drastically marked down and my interest was the NYC architecture set off against the fashion of their era. I only came to know more of Bill Cunningham later, and when I first met him I mentioned the book and how much I had enjoyed it. He said he’d shot a hundred more images then made the book. Also, upon later seeing the documentary, “Bill Cunningham New York” I realized that his model in all his shots was one of his fellow Carnegie Hall Studio neighbors, the photographer Editta Sherman.

  14. Ritoot

    February 9, 2017 at 9:09 am

    What an amazing find this looks like an interesting gift to make http://www.ritoot.com/blog/

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