The Duchess of Carnegie Hall: Photographs by Editta Sherman


August 18, 2017 – October 15, 2017

Editta Sherman lived and worked above Carnegie Hall from the late 1940s to 2010, photographing thousands of celebrity portraits―actors, writers, poets, and musicians―in classic black-and-white style. Referred to as the “Duchess of Carnegie Hall” by her dear friend Bill Cunningham, Editta Sherman was featured as the sole model of his 1970s Facades series, exploring period fashions against the architectural history of New York City. Fifty selections from the Editta Sherman Archive, donated to New-York Historical by her children, will showcase Sherman’s signature style as she captured luminaries such as actor Yul Brenner, author William F. Buckley, Jr., and poet Carl Sandberg through her lens. For further information see the New York Historical Society listing.

The reviews come pouring in...

Daily Traveler: Vintage Views of New York, Courtesy of Bill Cunningham
New York Times: Editta Sherman’s Long Reign as ‘The Duchess of Carnegie Hall’
New York Times: Editta Sherman Gets Her Due at the New-York Historical Society
Time Magazine: See Celebrity Portraits by the Woman Who Inspired Bill Cunningham and Andy Warhol
The Cut (New York magazine): See Celebrity Portraits by Editta Sherman, ‘Duchess of Carnegie Hall’
New York Post: How a struggling photographer became the ‘Duchess of Carnegie Hall’
Art Daily: Center for Women's History features Editta Sherman's photographs
Artsy: This Self-Made Photographer Captured—and Charmed—Decades of New York Stars
Art Summary: A Visual Summary of the Exhibit
Gothamist: Editta Sherman's Vintage Portraits On Display At New-York Historical Society: Gothamist
City Guide: The Duchess of Carnegie Hall: Photographs by Editta Sherma
Bill Cunningham, who turned fashion photography into his own branch of cultural anthropology on the streets of New York, chronicling an era’s ever-changing social scene for The New York Times by training his busily observant lens on what people wore — stylishly, flamboyantly or just plain sensibly — died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 87. Bill Cunningham's iconic photo of Editta Sherman is featured in this article. A recent New Yorker piece highlights Editta Sherman, as Bill Cunningham's favorite muse.

Bill Cunningham's "Façades" brings together 128 of the best architectural settings and fashion.
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Bill Cunningham and Editta Sherman

Bill, rest in peace. Your life has been more than a picture for so many of us.
- Ken Sherman

'We see that she has caught a few hard grains of time it self.

Life is something pinned down by life and light. Her portraits are forever'.

Somerset Maugham, celebrated English writer

Her striking portraits

Yul Brynner, Christopher Plummer, Leonard Bernstein, Maurice Chevalier, Joe DiMaggio, Leopold Stokowski, Lillian Gish, Anthony Quinn posed for Editta.

The Studio

From 1949 to 2010, Editta Sherman operated her business from the Carnegie Hall Artists Studios where she photographed actors, writers, models, sports heroes, artists…

Her unique life story

Editta Sherman lived and worked in New York City for more than sixty years. Editta is presently appearing -- along with Bill Cunningham -- in two films: 'Bill Cunningham-NY' and 'Lost Bohemia.'