You might think you’re not into fashion. Sure, fine, whatever. That doesn’t mean Bill Cunningham New York isn’t for you.
Cunningham, the octogenarian fashion photographer for The New York Times arguably started streetstyle photography, at least in a brandable way. Hardly a fashion plate himself, the intrepid fotog does much of his shooting and scouting from his bicycle, casing the streets of New York City for interesting characters in eye-catching apparel. (He, himself, favors a blue workshirt most days and a plastic poncho in rainy weather.)
Check out one of his many “On The Street” video blogs here.
According to Cunningham’s bio, “During his years as a writer, he contributed significantly to fashion journalism, introducing American audiences to Azzedine Alaia and Jean-Paul Gaultier. While working at the Tribune and at Women’s Wear Daily, he began taking photographs of fashion on the streets of New York. As the result of a chance photograph of Greta Garbo, he published a group of his impromptu pictures in the Times in December 1978, which soon became a regular series.”
And now Cunningham’s work and the man himself are immortalized on documentary film. It screens at Fine Arts Theatre this weekend only, opening Friday. Watch the trailer here:
Anna Wintour (editor-in-chief of American Vogue) says, in the film, “We all get dressed for Bill,” but the photographer has never been especially dazzled by prestige. Read a great account here of one woman who, shortly after being called out for a sartorial faux pas, became the subject of a Cunningham photo based on her style daring.
Most important to Streetstyle bloggers and photographers, Cunningham brings both artistry and validity to a life-long passion for people watching.
Check out how we’re carrying on Cunningham’s vision with Asheville Streetstyle. Want to see the film? We’ll announce an Asheville Streetstyle field trip to view Bill Cunningham New York later this week on our Facebook page.