Originally posted at GUISE:
Bill Cunningham New York is a documentary centered around 83-year-old legendary fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham who has chronicled trends on the streets of New York for The New York Times for over fifty years—all while refusing to be paid.
Though he has observed fashion for most of his life, Mr. Cunningham is perhaps one of the only few people in this industry unswept by the wave of celebrity obsession. Undiscriminating to the subjects of his photographs—Bill cares solely for the clothes.
Considered to be an ascetic of the fashion world, he lives in a small apartment furnished with only a bed and several rows of file cabinets, all of which store negatives of every photo he has ever taken. When offered food and wine by the hostess of a society party (where he is photographing at) he kindly refuses, saying he has already had “food for the eyes” and that it is essential to “keep a distance from what you are doing so that you can be more objective.”
Bill Cunningham is the true antihero of the fashion world.