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Bill Cunningham celebrates his 85th birthday and the opening of 'Facades'

Bill Cunningham celebrates his 85th birthday and the opening of 'Facades'

At the New York Historical Society


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Greeting guests with a camera around his neck, Bill Cunningham marks 85 years while enjoying the opening of his new exhibition ‘Facades’

At the opening of his 'Facades' exhibition, which also coincided with the celebration of his 85th birthday, legendary photographer Bill Cunningham was clearly in his element.

Bill Cunningham

Held at the New York Historical Society, Cunningham greeted guests including Mary McFadden, Cecilia Dean, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Jill Abramson, with a Nikon camera around his neck. Before the party got underway - which witnessed Cunningham blow out candles on three cakes decorated with images of his work; he took the opportunity to show guests around the gallery which featured shots of Editta Sherman - his muse from the 60s and 70s. "We just had so much fun. We acted like crazy kids. It was just an ongoing thing - there was no deadline," he said. 

Bill Cunningham

Cunningham further added that he doesn't have a favourite shot. "I don't think that way. I just have fun whatever I'm doing. Otherwise, it's not worth doing. No one pays us enough. And besides, money isn't worth it. It's much better to go out and do what you want."  

Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham

'Facades' runs from March 14 to June 15 at the New York Historical Society

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