Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Reading List … Emergence: Cynthia MacAdams


I found this book at the Dover Street Market.  I have no idea where you would be able to find it now – but I love the honesty and innocence of these photographs from the mid 1970′s.




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  1. Elisa Eymery

    April 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Totally agree on the “honesty and innocence” of these pictures, they’re very simple but very beautiful, and make you genuinely curious about these people.

    Wandering Minds


  2. Laura

    April 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

  3. WOWS

    April 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm


    The woman in 1st and 3rd pictures has a hairstyle which is VERY VERY VERY similar to Valencian regional hairstyle (a typical Spanish region hairstyle).

    I have some posts published in MARCH in my blog wearing typical regional dress and with this hairtdress.

    I hope you like them!

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  4. Alison

    April 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Amazing photos. The difference between all of the women is so extreme.


  5. Simbarashe

    April 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    No. 3
    No. 3
    That is all.

  6. Aurélie & Angelo

    April 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    The first photo is the epitome of pure elegance!


  7. carola

    April 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    These images are stunning! you will be amazed to see them!

  8. Natasha Fatah

    April 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    A beautiful collection of pictures.
    I just love these.
    There is something about black and white that transports you to another world. http://natashafatah.blogspot.ca/2010/04/its-all-in-family.html


  9. Clara

    April 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Refreshing! It makes me imagine their lifes.

  10. Christine

    April 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    The woman with braids is Michelle Phillips, 1977.

    • carl

      September 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

      married to dennis hopper then..

  11. clarity enhanced diamonds

    April 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I love the 70′s. Much better times. Glad to see it captures so elegantly here!

  12. Eva

    April 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Amazing pics! Especiallu love the first one!


  13. Patrick

    April 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Honesty, perhaps. But innocence?

  14. Giorgia

    April 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Love the ELEGANCE in the 1st and the 3rd pic, while the others have something that makes me think about Femen, the Ukrainian protestant group for women’s rights, it isn’t only the fact they are naked, but their expression is really similar!

    xxx Giorgia


  15. ksch

    April 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    What’s so honest about innocence? Great pictures…

  16. Monsieur Marcel

    April 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    That’s actress ,and singer in the group the Mamas and the Papas, Michelle Phillips in the top and third photos.

  17. Izael Garrido

    April 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I really like the third one

  18. Alda Mori

    April 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm


    Love these pictures.

    The last one makes me think of two photographs taken by Denise Bellon of Sylvia Bataille and Yvonne Roger in the mid and late 30′s.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Alda Mori

  19. Blackwhitetaffy

    April 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Love the braids, the white lace top is nice… Cool book


  20. coline

    April 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    i really like htis :)


  21. Lorena Vilanova

    April 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I love this pictures too. Great idea for the post!!!
    The Stylistbook | Street Fashion Blog

  22. Alessandra Frega

    April 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Wonderful pictures … Vintage style … I love it!!!

  23. irene

    April 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm

  24. Karolina

    April 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Wow amazing photography so natural and chic, it’s time to find some old photography books, thank you for sharing.

  25. montes Y mills

    April 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm




  26. Manon

    April 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

  27. style-xyz

    April 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    beautiful photographs!


  28. Vikki

    April 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Love these photos!! Publish more if they are available.

  29. anonymous

    April 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I love the last photo, women who are bare chested and nonchalant about it, I take my hat off too. Very hard to do.

  30. aneta

    April 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

  31. Kit

    April 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    So lovely… and except for the nude (maybe) all the looks could be contemporary.

  32. stylefootprints

    April 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    love the first picture. so beautiful.


  33. ladyofletters

    April 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    But don’t forget: 1970s, no apostrophe.
    Best Wishes

  34. Rebecca

    April 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I grew up in SF in the 60′s & 70′s and this is what the Haight was like. I love it!!!

  35. CBC

    April 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    the last photo is so bazaar…she looks like a guy changing with breasts!

  36. noreen

    April 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    the swirled braids remind me of princess leia in “star wars”.

  37. Cece

    April 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Photo #2 is most certainly from “Woodstock”…the original.

  38. Cynthia

    April 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  39. julie

    April 4, 2012 at 12:07 am

    all i can think of when i see these is ‘damn, women are so damn much better than men. . .’

  40. Blogger

    April 4, 2012 at 12:31 am

    The first photo is amazing

  41. Jen )

    April 4, 2012 at 1:34 am

    If you like these, Cynthia MacAdams has a great website with more amazing photos of individuals, “20th century cultural icons”.

  42. Adroit

    April 4, 2012 at 1:35 am

    There was nothing innocent about the 70s.

  43. une chatte grise

    April 4, 2012 at 3:06 am

    The woman in the second photo could be a modern tribal fusion dancer…

  44. annabella

    April 4, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Fabulous find Scott! My long time friend, formerly Debra Brown, was the long time girlfriend of Bill Hayward back in the day. He was the producer of ‘Easy Rider”, a Hollywood dynasty fav , the son of the inventor of “agentry”, Leland Hayward, sister to Susan Hayward, mother was Maureen o’Sullivan, former brothers- in- law Dennis Hopper…it’s endless. His fav step-mom ever (there were many famous ones) was one of the all time fabulous, timeless, style Icons ever…Slim Keith. Basically he and Fonda kids (Jane, Peter), were related to everyone, and each other. Small town. Bill was a Hollywood sweetheart if ever there was one.

    Bill passed a few years ago , due to long suffering from a head injury from a motorcycle accident. Larry Hagman, truely an angel, always cared for him after that. Larry despite his ‘devil’ roles. ( be sure to watch him on the new” Dallas”) and Peter Fonda identified Bill’s body, and totally shocked the authorities when they showed up. … Captain Ameirca and JR.

    Michelle and Debra were among the gorgeous and smart, stylish women that kinda ran Hollywood in the 70′s in the early powerful, feminist sense. They took no nonsense. Now in their 60′s and still great natural beauties, they both still have naturally elegant but simple style, and basically still run the show wherever they are!

    Wow man! Thanks for the memories, Scott. Killa’ find.

    Love and Peace,

  45. Meo

    April 4, 2012 at 4:38 am

    beautiful and interesting

  46. Serdane

    April 4, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Those women seem to have a life that they didn’t really choose but they are good with this living ! Icon ?


  47. Beatrice

    April 4, 2012 at 6:12 am

  48. Aga's suitcase

    April 4, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Great photos

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  49. Rebecca

    April 4, 2012 at 6:45 am

    It’s the end of a dream of innocence really – Michelle Phillips’ reading matter is that notable trashfest and movieland expose ‘Hollywood Babylon’ and her private life was well on the way to becoming pretty unwholesome too, although she’s a notable survivor of the era. I find the contrast between her virginal styling, that book and even choice of location (bed, anyone?) very revealing.

  50. Kerry

    April 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I absolutely love the first photo – the jacket, the boots, the dress, and I’ll take the car too! But these photos make me sad as well – the naive perspective of the 70s made people so vulnerable and fragile. These women really express that in these photographs.

  51. koolphoto

    April 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Love it too!….Amazing ´70s!

  52. martin

    April 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Still seven for sale on Amazon, used.

  53. Philippe Philippe

    April 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

  54. Joyce

    April 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    This can be found on Alibris at a range of prices . . .

  55. Children of the Now

    April 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

  56. Louise

    April 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I love these images, but I see no innocence in them. These women are simply knowing and unselfconscious.

  57. magpie

    April 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    First response as a child from that era: isn’t that Michelle Phillips? And again? Happy together to find affirmation from other bloggers. I didn’t do the braids instead the brocade dress. Yes.


  58. kyle

    April 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    i am surprised that this is posted on your site i am thrilled to see honest freedom being held in such regard

  59. bobkentnova

    April 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Again I must comment on a prop in a photo. The car in the top photo is an early Mercedes 240D, if I’m not mistaken. A friend of my parents had two of them. It was an odd blend of elegance and austerity in terms of the exterior and interior designs, as well as the diesel engine. As a kid at the time, these pricey minimalist autos drove home the fact that Europe was a very different place.

  60. Pollen Jewelry

    April 5, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Agreed on the innocence and honesty you mention, the subjects are so relaxed, they are just being themselves. The camera barely matters, they are not posing. Thank you for sharing.

  61. antique engagement rings

    April 5, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Great vintage photos!

  62. M.

    April 5, 2012 at 9:31 am

    If these are from the 70s they are already out of date as the hippie shots in particular represent the worst aspect of the late 60s. I lived through it and it was a horrible time in many ways, not innocent or free at all. The shots of the hippies in particular remind me of the dreadful confusion of that time when the baby was thrown out with the bathwater. We were all lost then.

  63. bellerophon

    April 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Love that you’re embracing nudity, the beauty of a woman’s body

  64. Mapiurka

    April 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Beautifull!! the first and third photo is Michelle Phillips, singer and actress

  65. Avant Gardenist

    April 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I recognize Michelle Phillips, but does anyone know the woman in the second photo? Very familiar face but I just can’t place it.

  66. martine

    April 6, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I love the last photo. Those jeans just look so very perfect. High waisted jeans are so much more real looking.

  67. martine

    April 6, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Michelle Philips is the mother of McKenzie Phillips? Isn’t that the odd incest case? I doubt the 70′s were very innocent at all. Or very sane. But I do understand the comment; they are very un self-conscious. Its endearing. Lovely pictures.

  68. clarity enhanced diamonds

    April 7, 2012 at 6:39 am


  69. Mariana

    April 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Wow, love the authenticity and attitude of these photos. So much style in simple images.

  70. C SATHAL

    April 8, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Magnifique !

  71. Kate

    April 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    No. 2 – I could stare at that photo for hours. So much to take in, with the people behind her as well.

  72. Patricia

    April 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Michelle is not McKenzie Phillips mam, she was her stepmother.

  73. SAMY

    April 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

  74. ximena schuman

    April 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I love this. There is something so captivating about these photos.

  75. The Clever Pup

    April 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I don’t see innocence at all. I see a sly strength. Days when you were an adult at 18, not 30. I’m glad everyone recognized Michele Philips (Mackenzie’s STEP-mom)

  76. tastefairy

    April 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I’m late to this but these photos are absolutely beautiful and modern with amazing depth.

  77. brian

    April 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I like how one picture has an old copy of Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger.

  78. SofiaAmbrosia

    April 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    the last photo, of the topless woman in the leather-wrapped plaits, she looks like Sitting Bull – amazing persona!

  79. Kevin

    April 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Um… That looks like my mother…


  80. Thalia

    April 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Beautiful pictures. They have this book in the Sunspel store in Soho in London.

  81. Courtney Jines

    June 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    so beautiful and free!!

  82. Wsck

    September 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    We have copies available at Arcana, if anyone is looking for one!
    [email protected]

  83. ashley

    September 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Unique photos, beautiful! Great book to keep on the coffee table to flip through

  84. Suze Lanier-Bramlett

    May 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Cynthia MacAdams is the amazing photographer. I found this article while on the web looking for her. She was a dear friend of mine. She herself, was also an actress, spiritual healer and amazing photographer. She was dear friends with all the women in these photographs, including Michele Phillips of the Mama and The Papas.

  85. Justin

    February 18, 2016 at 11:11 am

  86. Aubrey

    October 31, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I know this is an old post, but I am looking for a copy of this book.

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