Both Phil and I absolutely loved the recent documentary about the quirky and incredibly talented photographer Bill Cunningham. We’re excited to report that ‘Bill Cunningham New York’ can now be viewed for free. It’s a 90 minute critically-acclaimed documentary about the life of New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, who’s known for his candid and street photography.
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.
If you have one and a half hours to spare, we highly recommend the film. You can watch it below (after a 30 second Geico ad) or here on Hulu:
You can check out Bill Cunningham’s work for the New York Times here.