02 April 2012

Review: Bill Cunningham New York (Film)

Although I care about what I look like, I'm not much of a slave to fashion and doubt I'd ever make it onto Bill Cunningham's "On the Street" spread for The New York Times. On the other hand, I am definitely a people watcher and have a love of good photography, thus when I first learned about the documentary film Bill Cunningham New York (via Beth Kephart), I knew I had to take a look.

I don't know why I waited so long to watch this fascinating look into the life of a genuinely nice man who has spent decades photographing people. Bill bicycles around New York observing the ordinary person on the street just as carefully as he looks at the rich and famous at a celebrity event. Out comes the camera at anything and everything that catches his eye: shoes, hats, jackets, color--whatever seems to be the trend of the day.

Even if you think you have no interest in photography, people watching, or fashion, you'll enjoy meeting Bill and seeing the city through his eyes in Bill Cunningham New York.

Click the links, for his most current "On the Street" column and video for the New York Times.


Daryl 4/2/12, 8:06 AM  

i am going to get Toonman to get this for us .. i love Bill and you're right, he gives us ordinary folk just as much attention as he does the Park Avenue Princesses and the other chic women and men of NYC .. i have no doubt if he saw you in something he thought was fashion forward you'd make the cut!

bermudaonion 4/2/12, 9:08 AM  

How fun! Wouldn't it be cool if we ran across Cunningham in New York?!

Beth Hoffman 4/2/12, 10:55 AM  

I'm totally enthralled with this man. I mean TOTALLY! Thank you so much for sharing this video. I'm in the editing cave and have lost touch with life outside my imagination, and this video was a delightful kick into reality.

Zibilee 4/2/12, 4:12 PM  

A visually striking image always captures mt attention, so I can imagine that this would be a really interesting film for me. I liked reading your take on this.

Sandy Nawrot 4/2/12, 8:26 PM  

I absolutely LOVE documentaries, but not everyone in my family is, so I have to space them out on Netflix. I'm going to add this one.

Belle Wong 4/3/12, 2:15 AM  

This sounds like a fascinating book. I'm very much a people-watcher - will need to add this to my TBR.

Leslie @ This is the Refrain 4/3/12, 8:54 PM  

This is something that I didn't even know existed until I read this post, but now I'm absolutely fascinated! That was such a brilliant trailer and what an interesting man! I'm definitely going to be watching. Thanks for sharing!!

Unknown 4/12/12, 1:51 PM  

I've never heard of this but it sounds like something I would like. I love photography and people watching.

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