Lifestyle & Parenting

Take Our Picture Mr. Cunningham

April 20, 2011

Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life, says Bill
Cunningham in the beautiful new documentary that bears, and deserves,
his name.

Cunningham, a fashion photographer for The New York Times and a
pioneer of street style shots, appears to need none of the things New
Yorkers live on: fame, good food, money, sex. His only possessions are
bikes (they keep getting stolen), fashion books (he jokes he’ll die,
crushed under their weight), and every photo he’s ever taken (he keeps
them in filing cabinets, which he has instead of things like appliances).

Cunningham NY
is a record of the record, made tenderly over ten
years by Richard Press. You go into the theatre thinking you’ll see the
man behind the Nikon, but he remains self-effacing. He’s funny and
honest, but doesn’t like talking about himself much. Even the fashion
elite who’ve known him forever, like Anna Wintour, Annette de la Renta
and "oldest living teenager" Iris Apfel, don’t know what he does after
work; they suspect there is nothing but work.SNP

Bill Cunningham NY opens at Cineplex theatres
in Toronto and Vancouver on Friday, April 22, and in Montreal on April


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