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Before the internet and before the likes of fashion bloggers, there was Bill Cunningham, the street-fashion and society chronicler for The New York Times. After 50 years of cycling the streets of the Big Apple with his camera, snapping the great, the good and the stylish, Bill Cunningham is now in front of the lens in this loving and intimate portrait of a remarkable man and a chronicler of a city.


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 (Anna 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.

Reviews (10)

  • "A lively and engaging doc" 4Time Out
  • "This documentary about the renowned fashion photographer is a remarkable portrait of a tremendous talent" 4The Guardian
  • "This documentary portrait exactly suits its modest yet marvellous subject" 4The Independent
  • "A love letter to both Bill Cunningham and his city" 4Little White Lies
  • "A doc that’ll make more than just fashionistas smile. " 4Total Film
  • "An energetic, affectionate film that anyone who loves New York, fashion or photography would be a fool to miss" 4Eye for Film
  • "An exuberant, occasionally intimate portrait" 4The List
  • "Watching Cunningham snap his subjects is joyous." 4The Skinny
  • "A refreshing take on one character in the fashion world" – Don't Panic
  • "A riveting, delightful, and ultimately moving portrait of an iconic city and an equally iconic man" – Hunger TV


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