Sunday, March 27, 2011
(Image via the Zeitgeist Films website)
Yesterday I went to see the charming documentary Bill Cunningham New York about New York Times street style and society photographer. It's a really interesting portrait of both street style photography and the man himself (did you know that he lived in Carnegie Hall up until being evicted last year?).
I must say I don't think I could do what Bill Cunningham does, he really and truly lives for his work. He rides around on his bike every day (he is well into his 80s), taking pictures during the day and then off to society functions at night, with very little personal life to speak of. Even though he is so ubiquitous on the New York fashion and society scene, he still manages to keep himself separate from his surroundings. He says at one point that he tries to stay invisible while photographing. Still the film is very charming and Bill comes across as very endearing. It's a truly fascinating glimpse into the life of someone who have a very unique experience and eye. I highly recommend if you have the chance to see it.
Check out the trailer below: