Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bill Cunningham New York :: The Trailer

I saw an early screening of this film recently.

It’s fascinating.

From people that know Bill I have heard mixed reviews but it is still a must-see.

Bill Cunningham New York
a film by Richard Press
80 min
?When fashion fans talk about street style these days, they?re likely to drop the names of Scott Schuman, Yvan Rodic aka The Facehunter or Garance Dor


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  1. MEO

    February 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm


  2. franca maisha

    February 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    def gonna watch it! he's what I call a true artist.. <3

  3. Kat

    February 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    mhmm, thank you. now i'm dying to see it. he truly is wonderful, isn't he?

    what did you think of the film when you saw it?

  4. el ojo de la aguja

    February 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    cant wait to see the film!!!!!

  5. Lovay

    February 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Looks promising!

  6. FAD Magazine

    February 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Looks incredible. He deserves this! Can't wait to see the film.

  7. my.amalgam

    February 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    i know what i am doing march 16!


    thanks for sharing.

  8. Anonymous

    February 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I saw an early screening too and loved it! Here's a great interview with the director, Richard Press:

  9. Robert

    February 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    No offense, but anyone who DOESNT mention Bill Cunningham at the top of that list of street style documenters cant be a true fashion fan – and are ignorant of fashion photographic history.
    Mr. Cunningham is the true original street fashion chronicler and has been out pounding the streets to capture street style w/ his camera and keen, sensitive eye while those other names (not denying how great they are) were still in diapers.
    Mr. Cunningham forged the path that all the others follow (though wonderfully imbued w/ their own distinct voices).
    Cheers to Bill Cunningham and thanks to Scott for illuminating a wider audience to Mr. C's unique , groundbreaking, diligent, endlessly fresh and tireless contributions to the street style medium.

  10. reigs

    February 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    He reminds of that other great snapper William Eggleston,
    Vive la camera!

  11. Ian

    February 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    That does look fascinating, I look forward to it coming out…


  12. mia

    February 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    his work is trully fascinating

  13. wordbyjessie.com

    February 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    veeeeeery much looking forward to this. he is an icon.

  14. Paul Baxendale

    February 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I used to see him every day when I worked on the window displays at Bergdorf's but never really "got" that he was anything other than some nutty guy with a bike and camera! Now I wish that I had "dressed up" for him; I dont think paint spattered jeans and a hazy, spray-mount induced grim did much to get me noticed!

  15. *sunday*

    February 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I saw Bill 2 days ago photographing at fashion week. I wanted to come up and say hello and introduce myself and tell him what a fan i am of his work… But i couldnt bring myself to do it. Couldnt bring myself to distract him from what seems to be his own special world.. I dont think many people are allowed in that world which makes even moreso fascinating. Amazingly talented man. I am definitely going to watch and later own a copy of this film.


  16. This Time Now

    February 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I love his spirit. He is a true artist, a pioneer and he's still forging new paths.

  17. My Heart Blogged

    February 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I can not wait to see this. What an amazing person.
    My Heart Blogged

  18. TheMinx

    February 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    amazing. I saw him for the first time at the rebecca minkoff show this week and couldn't even move. he is truly a legend.

  19. The Dandy Portraits

    February 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I think everyone wants to know the inside story on Bill! Fascinating that even folks he has photoed for years know nothing about him.

  20. Erin

    February 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Bill Cunningham owes a great deal to early 20th century reportage photographers like the Seeberger brothers (Chronicle Books published an English version of a 2007 French BNF exhibition catalog of their work).

    If you want to see the original source material, check out early American Vogue or L'Officiel (early French vogues are very difficult to come by as FIT limits archive research). Their photographs of fashionably dressed women seen out and about were published in magazines and newspapers in London, New York, as well as Paris.

    Street photography is not new and even older than Bill Cunningham.

  21. Sophie Mhabille

    February 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you very much to present us this great and humble person. I would love to watch the movie

  22. curaku

    February 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm


  23. jill rosenwald

    February 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    thank you for sharing this..i am a long time bill cunningham fan and had no idea the film was coming out. it looks like it is going to be wonderful!

  24. Tiffany Yet To Be Determined

    February 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    SOOO love him! What a treasure. What a character! Love his philosophy. xx


  25. Lucy

    February 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Need to watch! Looks quite amazing.

  26. Anonymous

    February 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Bill has a truly great eye especially since he photographs the person on the street, not celebrities, not models, not industry people — all of whom have access to great, expensive clothes and should be expected to dress interestingly.

  27. Urban Weeds

    February 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Bill is amazing! A huge inspiration to everyone photographing street style. I can't wait to watch this.

  28. Maryanne

    February 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    how gracious for one fashion icon to pay tribute in his blog to another.

  29. sara

    February 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    he snapped me in the marc by marc jacobs press pit today but i was busy trying to snap him!

  30. John Krill

    February 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    It's the story of a man, not just a photographer. A man with very strong beliefs.

    Some would say pure of heart.

    A monk with a camera and a love of fashion.

    He is unique, very unique.

  31. Kayla

    February 15, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    So excited to see this, thanks for showing :)


    p.s. love the glee mention (=

  32. Marisa

    February 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    "Fashion is the armor for everyday life" is just a brilliant quote. I am so glad that the preview uses the same music as his feature on the Times webpage. Agree with the earlier commenter, I'm a bit offended by the presumptiousness of the Independent to say that we don't know who he is! The man is a legend!

  33. Anonymous

    February 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I want to be a Bill Cunningham at some point in my life. His videos on the NY times got me interested in photographing people on the street, something which I tried out while studying abroad in Europe. After finding this blog (Sartorialist), my interest in photographing people on the street has grown enormously. I'm very excited to see this movie…somehow. Hopefully it opens on the West coast somewhere!

  34. Anonymous

    February 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    We saw this in Australia last year and I cried… incredibly moving and real. Makes the fakeries of modern life seem embarassing. A true original with such integrity. Must see.

  35. Devon Kaylor

    February 16, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Growing up in NYC and having been bitten by the fashion bug at an early age, I have seen Mr. Cunningham my entire life. He is wonderfully sweet, incredibly talented and is one of the reason I continue to enjoy fashion, as an art form, not a consumer addiction. Long live Bill Cunningham!

  36. ~Alaina

    February 16, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Thanks for the advance notice about this movie, it's even going to show in my city, Portland, OR. I look forward to it!

  37. Alyssa

    February 16, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Bill Cunningham embodies a true artist –– his work and original vision speaks for himself, nothing else. Anonymity is treasured by the greatest of artists, and though 'street style' photographers may be contrived and ubiquitous now, there's no doubt in my mind that he is the Mozart and Monet of street photography.


  38. MagisterElegantiarum

    February 16, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Really want to watch it. Thank you for posting it, I would not have seen the trailer otherwise.

  39. La Femme Française

    February 16, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Excellent ! I want to see the film !!!

  40. Sandra

    February 16, 2011 at 5:34 am

    great!Need to watch! Bill is an icon!


  41. Ana Magnolia

    February 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

    He seems such a nice and interesting person! I would love to see this documentary…

  42. 82Brute

    February 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Iris Apfel! I love her. I learn so much here. Will hope the film eventually hits art houses in Boston.

  43. HOT + COOL

    February 16, 2011 at 9:17 am


  44. Albana

    February 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I'm aching to see this, but I'm not in the states!! Does anyone know how long will it be out for?

  45. Justin B.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Looks good!

  46. Anonymous

    February 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Intriguing. Thanks for this!

  47. The Hype Around...

    February 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I absolutley love this man!
    It's always one of the favorite parts of my weekend when I can login to the New York Times and treat myself to Bill Cunningham's "On The Street"

  48. Anonymous

    February 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I just read the interview on Cool Hunting, and how cool (for lack of a better word)! Mr. Cunningham hasn't seen the documentary himself—and he doesn't intend to. He's such an icon.

  49. [anna]

    February 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Incredible. I never buy films, but this one's coming home with me!

  50. bridget

    February 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Getting a peek into the way Bill Cunningham lives and how he relates to money via this short trailer shows profound strength of the rudder of freedom and truth in his artistic work and life.

    A model for us all.

  51. Anonymous

    February 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Reminds me of the Valentino documentary. Can't wait!!!

  52. schokoboks

    February 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    "you see if you don't take money, they can't tell you what to do – it's the key to the whole thing"

    love it. he's so jovial – maybe the people that know him, realize he's not a loner…

  53. Anonymous

    February 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I can't wait to see it.

  54. princess glee

    February 16, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks for mentioning Bill Cunningham I don't know if I would've learned of him otherwise. Watching the clip lets me know I must see the film.

  55. Rizalenio

    February 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Oh Wow! Thanks for sharing this. What an inspiration.

  56. Anonymous

    February 17, 2011 at 5:37 am

    One of my personal heroes in street photography alongside Schuman and Dorè. Will see this at least as many times as September Issue.

  57. Anonymous

    February 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I hope it plays in KCMO!

  58. Anonymous

    February 18, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Bill Cunningham is the OG of street style photography. No one else will come close.

  59. Yavidan Violeta

    February 19, 2011 at 5:29 am

    It is fascinating this video, Bill is a pioneer a mentor for many bloggers.
    Thank you for sharing the video ;)

  60. gwyn

    February 20, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Years ago my boyfriend gave me a subscription to the Sunday NYTimes for Christmas. That's when I first discovered Bill Cunningham. It became like a treat. If I was good and read the serious parts of the paper……the front page and business sections, Week in Review…..my reward, like a delicious dessert, was Bill Cunningham's street style column. So many of his photos I cut out and saved! Now I watch his videos online. What a dear, remarkable, sweet gentleman! Along with his inspiring photos, he's an inspiration himself.

  61. Anonymous

    February 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm


  62. Anonymous

    February 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Bill Cunningham took my photo in the 80's I was on my way to a Betsy johnson show and it turn up on the cover of WWD

  63. jainé [brklynview]

    February 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    if i was home, i would def. see this movie. hoping it's out on DVD when we return… looks inspiring!

  64. Carolina

    February 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Hello! i have started reading ur blog! and i love it! i was wondering if you would mind if i featured you on my next article?
    contact me if you agree please
    thank you

  65. Samantha

    March 2, 2011 at 5:06 am

    This makes me want to be his best friend. I think my dad (who is also 80) and Bill would be the most ridiculously funny people to hang out with ever!


  66. Anonymous

    April 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    You're missing the point entirely. No one is saying Bill started it all. But he does have a particular perspective that has become the basis of the work of many who have tried to follow in his footsteps.
    The point of the documentary was to capture the life and work of one particular journalist – a legend at that – to the exclusion of others.

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