Bill Cunningham New York

A film by Richard Press
Starring Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour and Michael Kors

Nothing will stop this man from capturing his passion — the street fashions of New York City.

“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ year-old New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section. The film is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

On Friday, May 20th, join director Richard Press and producer Philip Gefter as they visit the Music Box to talk about the film.

The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

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ABOUT BILL

William J. Cunningham (born 1929) is a fashion photographer for The New York Times, known for his candid street photography.

Bill dropped out of Harvard University in 1948 and moved to New York, where he initially worked in advertising. Not long after, he quit his job and struck out on his own, making hats under the name “William J.” After being drafted and serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he returned to New York and got a job writing for the Chicago Tribune. 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. His editor, Arthur Gelb, has called these photographs “a turning point for the Times, because it was the first time the paper had run pictures of well-known people without getting their permission.”

Bill photographs people and the passing scene in the streets of Manhattan every day. Most of his pictures, he has said, are never published. Designer Oscar de la Renta has said, “More than anyone else in the city, he has the whole visual history of the last 40 or 50 years of New York. It’s the total scope of fashion in the life of New York.” Though he has made a career out of unexpected photographs of celebrities, socialites, and fashion personalities, many in those categories value his company. According to David Rockefeller, Brooke Astor asked he be invited to her 100th birthday party, the only member of the media so honored.

In 2008 he was awarded the title chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. [Bio courtesy of Wikipedia)]

 

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Technical Information

Production Year
2011
Running Time
84 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Sunday, Jul 3, 2011
12:00pm
Saturday, Jul 2, 2011
12:00pm
Sunday, Jun 26, 2011
3:20pm · 11:30am
Saturday, Jun 25, 2011
3:20pm · 11:30am
Friday, Jun 24, 2011
3:20pm
Sunday, Jun 19, 2011
3:20pm · 11:30am
Saturday, Jun 18, 2011
3:19pm · 11:30am
Friday, Jun 17, 2011
3:20pm
Thursday, Jun 16, 2011
5:00pm
Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011
5:00pm
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011
5:00pm
Monday, Jun 13, 2011
5:00pm
Sunday, Jun 12, 2011
5:00pm · 12:00pm
Saturday, Jun 11, 2011
5:00pm · 12:00pm
Friday, Jun 10, 2011
5:00pm
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011
5:00pm
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011
5:00pm
Monday, Jun 6, 2011
5:00pm
Sunday, Jun 5, 2011
3:40pm · 12:00pm
Saturday, Jun 4, 2011
3:39pm · 12:00pm
Friday, Jun 3, 2011
3:40pm
Thursday, Jun 2, 2011
8:00pm
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011
8:00pm
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
8:00pm
Monday, May 30, 2011
8:00pm · 3:45pm
Sunday, May 29, 2011
8:00pm · 3:45pm · 11:30am
Saturday, May 28, 2011
midnight · 8:00pm · 3:45pm · 11:30am
Friday, May 27, 2011
midnight · 8:00pm · 3:45pm
Thursday, May 26, 2011
9:30pm · 7:15pm · 5:15pm
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
9:30pm · 7:15pm · 5:15pm
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
9:30pm · 7:15pm · 5:15pm
Monday, May 23, 2011
9:30pm · 7:15pm · 5:15pm
Sunday, May 22, 2011
9:30pm · 7:15pm · 5:15pm · 3:15pm · 12:30pm
Saturday, May 21, 2011
9:30pm · 7:15pm · 5:15pm · 3:15pm · 12:30pm
Friday, May 20, 2011
9:30pm · 7:15pm · 5:15pm

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