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Before The Sartorialist, before Facehunter, before Garance Dore, there was the NY Times' Bill Cunningham—the father of contemporary street style photography. Zeitgest Films' award-winning documentary on Cunningham was screened at lots of film festivals last year and it's finally being released in theaters this spring—we cannot wait to see it! The blurb:
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.Check out the film trailer, above. Bill Cunningham New York opens at the Film Forum in New York on March 16th and at The Nuart in Los Angeles on March 25th.
· Bill Cunningham New York [Zeitgeist Films]