Bill Cunningham New York

7 Apr

I went and saw Bill Cunningham New York last weekend, the documentary about the New York Times photographer for “On The Street” in the Sunday Style section.

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My usual order of Sunday NYT reading goes like this: op-eds, “on the street”, wedding section, rest of paper. So, clearly I was excited about this film.

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The movie follows Bill  around as he photographs men and women from the streets of New York City to Paris fashion week. He has lived in Carnegie Hall since 1950, and the eviction of artists from the building plays its way through the film. The cameos are some of the best parts of the film, including Anna Wintour who admits that Bill often finds trends on the street that bypass the fashionistas at Vogue.

Mostly, it shows Bill as an artist true to his trade – stopping his bike to change rolls of film in his camera! – totally unfazed by technological or celebrity advances.

If his is the kind of work I’m supporting with the new New York Times paywall, sign me right up.

 

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