Thursday, June 6, 2013
By: Roy MacMillan
Bill Cunningham is equal parts lion and lamb; and outside of Derek Jeter, he may be the most popular man in New York City.
Cunningham is unassuming and humble. He rides his bicycle around New York City with a camera around his neck. He is too purposeful to be a tourist, but you would never know by looking at him that he is a large fashion influence. Cunningham is the photographer behind the popular New York Times' On the Street page. He doesn't make the clothing, nor does he follow models. In fact, his style is more Marshall's than Barney's. His purpose is to show fashionistas wearing great clothes and find trends within the masses. Now over 80 years old, he continues to bounce around between the New York City streets, society parties, and whatever tickles his fancy. You will see that he is uncompromising when it comes to creative control, and there are numerous examples of how he maintained it throughout his career.
This is easily my favorite of the documentaries Sean assigned me. You will love the eccentric characters. Patrick McDonald hasn't met a camera he didn't love. He looks like the love child of Boy George and Alex from A Clockwork Orange. Editta Sherman is his neighbor. Sherman, like Cunningham, is part of Carnegie Hall's vast history. Shail Upahyda, a former United Nations official, is another colorful character . When it comes to photogenic people, Cunningham is second to none to find them and share them with the world. Cunningham's story is amazing, and the people around him help make this documentary amazing to watch.
Four And A Half Stars out of Five