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Documentary Film About NYT Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham

A movie about the Bang Bang Club isn’t the only photography-related movie to grace theaters in recent days. Bill Cunningham New York, an acclaimed documentary film about the New York Times fashion photographer, is also arriving in theaters around the US. The film is 94% fresh on RottenTomatoes, and is said to be a beautiful and inspiring movie.

Check this page to see if it’s playing in a theater near you.

(via A Photo Editor)


 
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    Bill Cunningham is a critic’s critic, in every sense of the term, the New York Times’ quintessential photographer. Now, this octogenarian is the subject of a documentary premiering at the Nuart Theater this week. Bill has a keen eye for perfectly capturing the moment, and what he sees as true fashion and flair, he deems “the manifestation of culture itself.” The film magnificently follows Bill’s day to day routine, from choosing photos for the New York Times’ Fashion and Style layout pages, in his humble Carnegie Hall flat, possibly facing eviction threat (a sub-plot of the film), to his soirees and coverage of high society, elite NYC galas and benefits. When he is honored in Paris, by the French Ministry of Culture, there is yet another touching artifact of the man. He candidly states, “it’s not the celebrity, it’s the clothes!”
    Bill C, through his amazing body of work, has archived fashion trends (in New York and worldwide) – from preppy to baggy-chic. The film mentions NY notables that Bill has befriended along the way: Woody Allen, Anna Wintour, and the luminary Brooke Astor. Designer Oscar de la Renta said, “More than anyone else in the city, Bill Cunningham has the whole visual history of the last 50 years- it’s the total scope of fashion.”

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