Bill Cunningham New York
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
Bill Cunningham is a fashion photographer, but unlike most in his profession, he rarely spends a day in a photo studio. Cunningham’s work has been a long-time fixture in the New York Times; in his “Evening Hours” column, he presents pictures he’s snapped of the wealthy and influential and what they’re wearing to social events, while “On The Street” documents bold and individual looks worn by everyday people on the sidewalks of New York City. Cunningham captures the glamorous lives of others and has been hailed as one of the most important men in New York fashion, yet he prefers to live a simple life — he rides a bicycle around town, makes his home in a modest apartment, has his film processed at a corner store and keeps his personal life to himself. Filmmaker Richard Press offers a look into the life and art of this influential and enigmatic figure in the documentary Bill Cunningham New York, which follows him as he works and tries to reveal what makes this unique artist tick. Bill Cunningham New York was an official selection at the 2010 Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Do you know who Bill Cunningham is? I didn’t. Or at least it didn’t ring any bells. He’s photographs for the New York Times and has been doing it for a huge long period of time, putting together a street style kind of photo essay by going out on the street as sort of a guerilla photographer and he takes pictures of mostly women, not famous women, not celebrities, but women and then puts it on style page in New York Times and has been doing it since God’s dog was a puppy. He’s a man of a certain age who rides a bicycle around the city, and what you do is just fall in love with him and his eye and he was actually given an award by the French Legion of Honor. This is really a delightful movie around a delightful person who has a great eye and is in love with clothes and you really just fall in love with him. I thought this was a terrific documentary. Four and a half stars.