I am so glad a trailer is finally out for Bill Cunningham New York. I saw this film at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival last October and loved it.
Bill Cunningham is a fashion photographer for The New York Times and is known for his candid street photography. He photographs people and the passing scene in the streets of Manhattan every day. Oscar de la Renta said about him, “More than anyone else in the city, he has the whole visual history of the last 40 or 50 years of New York. It’s the total scope of fashion in the life of New York.”
This documentary takes a close look at him and his work and I hope you get a chance to watch it soon. There aren't many people like Bill Cunningham in the world today.
The "Bill" in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns "On the Street" and "Evening Hours." Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham's enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.