When most people today think of the current craze of street fashion photography undoubtedly names like Scott Schuman, Garance Doré or Yvan Rodic spring to mind. But most forget the true pioneer in this field, the 83-year-old New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, a gentle, self-effacing, bohemian free thinker who for 50+ years has cycled the streets of the Big Apple with his camera, snapping the great, the good and the stylish. In the 2010 documentary release, Bill Cunningham New York, this camera-toting trailblazer finally got the credit he so richly deserves.
What’s not to like about the man depicted in this intimate portrait? Directed by Richard Press, Bill Cunningham New York captures a man who has singularly and passionately ‘followed his bliss’ and in so doing, has created an invaluable visual archive of New York, its fashion and society. Watch this documentary and be prepared to be touched. Available on DVD
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