Wednesday, October 13, 2010

On the Street…Bill Cunningham, New York

Any idea how I can see the new documentary about Bill Cunningham?


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  1. Britex

    October 13, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I love Bill Cunningham, and would adore seeing a documentary about him. He is so funny and dry!

  2. vanya

    October 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm

  3. mordacai

    October 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    such a dandy!!!

  4. birdfeed

    October 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I love this guy.

  5. Sara

    October 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Awesome shot! The documentary isn't out on DVD yet but it'll likely be out in the next year or so. I hate that about documentaries, if you don't catch them in the random theater they are screening in, you miss out for months and months and months. SIGH. :)

  6. Jeannie

    October 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    it's on netflix.

  7. Elaine

    October 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I first learned about The Sartorialist from Bill Cunningham at the NYTimes. Missed his "On the Street" column on-line for the last 2 weeks – couldn't locate it. So please post more about the documentary.

  8. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Oh how I love this man. His "on the street" segments in the Times is the best part of Sunday mornings. He has this infectious joy and wonder and enthusiasm about life and people and style. I just love seeing life through the lens of his camera and his soul. And how elegant he still is … that special interior elegance that comes from graciousness.

  9. Ame in DC

    October 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Don't know but I LOOOOOVES HIM!!

  10. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    i was lucky enough to see one of the sold out sessions of this documentary at the Melbourne Int Film Festival. The most inspiring and beautiful documentary i've seen in years. (just to rub it in)

  11. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    If its screened in my tiny provincial town in New Zealand then surely it can't be too difficult to catch somewhere on your side of the world?!

  12. king-bug

    October 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    It premiered at the New Directors film festival in March… maybe drop a line to Richard Press.

  13. Well Done

    October 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    wait, what documentary?

  14. Rebecca Kiger

    October 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    A much deserved spotlight on a fascinating contributer to the fashion and photography world.

  15. JustNorman

    October 13, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    no one's ever too old.


  16. T.A.P.S.

    October 13, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I love that he doesn't even bother to get off his bicycle to take the shot… great picture!

    check out my post on my 1 WEEK ANNIVERSARY of my blog at


  17. Anthony Who?

    October 13, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Is that a Canon strap I see around his neck?
    What happened to the old Nikon?

  18. enrique

    October 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I thought that the Toronto Film Festival would have been a good premiere for the documentary but no cigar. I look forward to someone's concrete answer.

  19. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    No, But isn't he great??!!!

  20. Rafael Franco

    October 13, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I Love it!!!

    kisses from Brazil


    October 13, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Great shot of him. Gotta love that he is on a bike AND taking photos! Perfect.

  22. tanya

    October 13, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    i work with him and he is as nice as he is talented!!

  23. Julie H

    October 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Scott, I saw the blog post about the film here in March and bought a ticket for the next available showing. It was definitely worth it. Perhaps this is travelling to musuems around the US or is an upcoming festival selection? I'm sure your connections will enable you to see this film. And I would love to see this film again. Bill Cunningham rocks!

  24. Xin Lei

    October 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I love him…I want to know how to see the documentary too!

  25. Sophie

    October 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Oh this is wonderful! My goal in life is to be snapped on the street by either him or you. I love his narrated slide shows!

  26. Fresh Ivy

    October 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    You can rent it on netflix!
    Bill Cunningham is wonderful and there is some great information on him in the New York Times archives.

  27. Noiseless Patient Spider

    October 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Is it already out?

  28. Fresh Ivy

    October 13, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    or you will be able to get it from Netflix soon.

  29. eljovendario

    October 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    You know that in my country is almost imposible to see someone important on a bicycle? That´s why I love countries like Holland.

  30. Lemond1

    October 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm

  31. K.Cyrus

    October 13, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Behind the scenes of the Man behind the Camera..


  32. marilyn c. cole

    October 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    What a shot. This is awesome.

  33. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Bill is a legend. I would like to get my hands on the documentary too.

    maybe one of these guys will get you a copy.



  34. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I've been wondering that myself – no screenings in LA?

  35. aaryn b.

    October 13, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    BC! My hero…
    Fantastic capture, Scott. Were you really just this lucky or were you out working with him?

  36. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Scott, with your credentials, you should be able to call him and ask for a print!!

  37. Karen

    October 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Love Bill and his feature in the Style Section of the NY Times. It's the only way I can keep tabs on the street styles of New York City. Am delighted that you, Scott, payed homage to him with a photo and ultimately your work!

  38. The Hype Around...

    October 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Ah yes! Bill Cunningham! The man for whom we owe such a debt of gratitude for his street scenes of NYC fashion. The documentary is in limited release which means you'll be able to see it only in New York


    October 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I see Bill every morning on my way to work standing on 5th and 57th.

    He is charming and graceful. Don't let his age fool you, he is nimble on his feet and and has an incredible sharp eye.

    It's funny watching the reaction of the 5th Avenue ladies when Bill fails to raise his camera when they walk by. Bill shoots according to a specific theme each week and looks past the current trends to focus on true style.

    Bill Cunningham IS New York.

  40. cakes

    October 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Hi Scott! I found it on netflix: It's called "bill Cunningham New York.

  41. Carole

    October 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    i didn't know there was a documentary. Thanks Scott and thanks Vanya for the link!

  42. lintmag

    October 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Would love to see the doc on this great man! The NYTimes did a huge story on him some years back – I wish they would publish a book of the best of his Sunday Styles photo compilations!

  43. taylor

    October 13, 2010 at 11:01 pm

  44. JP

    October 13, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I say on a bike

  45. openid

    October 13, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I saw the documentary at the Nantucket Film Festival, and it was absolutely wonderful. I can't help you find it, but I recommend it completely.

  46. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 12:16 am

    You can "save" it on Netflix, but it has an unknown availabilty date.

  47. Catehrine

    October 14, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Funny because not easy to take a picture like that! But i would like to see too the nex documentary.

  48. jimjims

    October 14, 2010 at 12:34 am

    this guy is classic!

    would love to be rocking what he is rocking at that age…


    gonna wiki this dude right NOW…

  49. Pretty Kitty Publishing

    October 14, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Well, what a pleasant surprise, Mr. Cunningham on a bike! This shot is a nice addition to your series of bike shots.

  50. Sweet Confessions

    October 14, 2010 at 12:54 am

    why do I love your photos so much? =) this one is a great one… the moment was captured really beautifully!

  51. raven

    October 14, 2010 at 1:07 am

    That's multitasking in style. Great shot of a shot.


  52. Lisa Petrarca

    October 14, 2010 at 1:23 am

  53. Bel L

    October 14, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Scott, we saw the Bill Cunningham documentary at the Sydney Film Festival earlier this year. It's truly fantastic. You'll love it!

  54. Alicia

    October 14, 2010 at 2:01 am

    LOVE HIM! Can't wait to find the doc., too!

  55. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Love his voice-overs for the NYT slide shows… his joie de vivre is contagious. I hope that, as I get older, I can keep looking on the world as openly and delightedly as he does.

  56. thwany

    October 14, 2010 at 2:22 am

    such an iconic NYer.

  57. Vikki

    October 14, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Would really like to see the documentary! Amazing man!!


  58. cyd

    October 14, 2010 at 3:06 am

    I love that he is still around, doing the same thing. I first saw him in 1987, standing on West Broadway. He smiled gently to my friend and I as we passed by. Such a gracious gentleman!

  59. Kim

    October 14, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Wow, he's still going. I love this man.

  60. Clay Douglass

    October 14, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Amazing colors – the red, blue, tan, grey. Excellent photo Scott!

    Clay Douglass

  61. choi

    October 14, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Go to Abu Dhabi!!
    They're showing a documentary about him at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this week.

  62. 21

    October 14, 2010 at 4:02 am

    ahh he looooves that blue jacket! spotted him at FIT exhibit in it too :)


    October 14, 2010 at 4:20 am

    I love cool granny…you are brilliant

  64. SPEETway

    October 14, 2010 at 5:19 am

    amazing shot

  65. Evan

    October 14, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Gratzie Scott..Love this guy…

  66. MELISSA Z.

    October 14, 2010 at 5:26 am

    amazing pic, wow! <3

  67. O Alfaiate Lisboeta

    October 14, 2010 at 5:58 am

    the Master

  68. Adrian

    October 14, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Can you see how much he loves that bicycle? It really old style bike like my parents use to have, with the guard over the chain and really old brakes system. Its like he shined it up recently too.

    He looks like an interesting person to talk too

  69. typingtalker

    October 14, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Re: DVD on Netflix. They say, "DVD availability date unknown."

  70. Liz S

    October 14, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Smart casual with a pop of colour to say… "no I'm not too conservative". Well, I don't know this fellow but that's what his outfit says to me.

  71. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Bill Cunningham does not just capture beauty, he is beauty! What an amazing inspiring person. The documentary was absolutely wonderful (I saw it at the film festival here all the way in New Zealand with all my friends studying fashion with me at uni). I am buying it on DVD as soon as it comes out, absolutely recommend you do whatever you can to see it!!

  72. Petey

    October 14, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I used to do some marketing work for the Times and while it was a thrill to walk into the old building where so much history has been recorded, I really swooned when I shared an elevator with Mr. Cunningham and got to tell him how much I appreciated his work. I'll keep my eye out for that documentary.

  73. SOFIA

    October 14, 2010 at 7:00 am

    I like this moment!))

  74. FH

    October 14, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Love him

  75. May Brady

    October 14, 2010 at 7:26 am


    It showed at the Melbourne International Film Festival – perhaps check out the film festivals in the towns you visit? Good luck!

  76. Jasmin

    October 14, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I love this photo, it really captures the spirit.

  77. Amanda

    October 14, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Wonderful shot. Love Bill's "On the Street" pieces on NYT, one of my daily vitamin requirements.

    I also really appreciate the bigger statement happening here, the newer NYC staple snapping a picture of a legend of the same field, lovely.

  78. Lee Oliveira

    October 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I have seen one of his docos. Great that you managed to capture him taking a shot on his bike.

  79. Clara

    October 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I want to see this documentary!

  80. Clara

    October 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

  81. Karen in CT

    October 14, 2010 at 9:14 am

    .. ALERT … it's my experience that if enough people put this documentary in their netflix queue …. it will be available ** FAST ** … so everyone, add it to your queue

  82. Olya Nikol Pishcheva

    October 14, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Great shot! ~

  83. Stephen

    October 14, 2010 at 9:35 am


    Call him up. It's shame that you don't know him he is the first of your kind.

  84. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Oh, such a cute shot — and I love Mr. Cunningham's work! His commentary re. his photos always has such joie de vivre — it makes me happy to listen to his voice as I view his images! (-: Can't wait to see the doc…

  85. Christopher Benton

    October 14, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I emailed the producer yesterday and his answer was:
    "It will be released in March at the Film Forum and 50 cities nationally.
    Thanks for your interest in it."


    October 14, 2010 at 10:18 am

    ah …. the trained eye …

    nice pic!

  87. printed promotional bags

    October 14, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Funny.. funny. I Love Bill Cunningham

  88. Esther

    October 14, 2010 at 11:09 am

    THE MAN! :)

  89. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Thank you Scott for such a great shot! He is a true icon and a man of great talent and taste! I just adore him….L

  90. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Yes, come to Abu Dhabi for its international film festival (and for some shots of a really interesting mix of fashion and cultures). And I've got tickets for this documentary – so excited!

  91. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Years ago (around the time he was also shooting for the early version of Details magazine, if I remember that at all correctly), I happened to pass Bill Cunningham on the street and mentioned I was a fan of his work. Not gushing praise, just a passing acknowledgement. He seemed taken aback, not all that comfortable with the praise. Totally understandable, praise is always a strange thing.

  92. proletarian Great Gatsby

    October 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Cunningham, a dandy at work.Perfect he and the photo too.Thanks.

  93. Catherine

    October 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    i simply adore him!!!!! :)

  94. patti

    October 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Seems like he has a lotta love from lotta people. I too love him. I watch for his Friday video blog every week obsessively. What a guy!

  95. paristempslibre

    October 14, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    i love his fashion videos!!!!!

  96. Elena

    October 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I just love the guy-his enthusiasm for fashion is contagious! Great photo

  97. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    The first thing I do on Monday morning when I come in to work ( in Texas) is to pull up his slide show to see what was important to him the prior week. He is so much fun to listen to and is always spot on with the trend du jour. He is a one of a kind gem.

  98. Sondra

    October 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    You can pre-order the DVD @

  99. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    to buy the documentary or know where to see it contact [email protected] or tel:212 556 7741

    I love your work!!! good luck

  100. Sewbecause

    October 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Great shot! I love Bill Cunningham and his red Schwinn!

  101. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    "Bill Cunningham New York" is on the verge of a theatrical distribution deal and should open in theaters in New York in March 2011 and cities across the country. Pass it along and please stay tuned!!!

  102. Philip

    October 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    "Bill Cunningham New York" is on the verge of a distribution deal and should open in theaters in New York in March 2011 and cities around the country. Pass the word and please stay tuned!!!

  103. Adrian

    October 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Wow, its interesting that everyone seems to know him. I just thought he was a chap on a bike, similar to all the other normal non fashion people we have seen lately.

    I'll have to look out for that documentary now.

  104. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I love seeing people with a passion.

  105. Sarah

    October 14, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    thanks for the update on the documentary. I missed it in NY.

  106. Scatterbrain

    October 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    My friggen hero!

  107. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I adore Bill Cunningham! I can't wait to watch his slide shows every week. "This (is) Bill Cunningham. And this week……" His photos and his comments are so optimistic that it makes everybody so happy about life. Isn't that wonderful?

  108. Ben

    October 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Saw it this summer at an advance showing, absolutely FANTASTIC. What a humble legend, and true fashion visionary. When this drops you absolutely need to see it.

  109. verrot

    October 15, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Great colour inspiration, I have a bike in that same red, and that blue+khaki looks so good with it. Thank you for this!


  110. Corve DaCosta

    October 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

    i love this photo

  111. Anonymous

    October 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

    join the movie on facebook — and stayed tuned to all Bill news!

  112. Hollis

    October 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Mr. Cunningham please wear a helmet next time.

  113. Devi

    October 15, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I just love this guy

  114. Valentine

    October 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    -diary of a fashion stylist-

  115. raina

    October 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    the tix for the NY showing sold out right away- so glad to hear it will be released soon.
    Bill is amazing in everyway!

  116. Anonymous

    October 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I love Bill Cunningham! Please tell him to WEAR A HELMET!

  117. kelli

    October 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Scott, love this shot!

  118. Elizabeth

    October 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    You can get it through Netflix

  119. Anonymous

    October 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you for this one~!
    Bill is stellar in so many ways~!
    His on-going presence is our joy~!

  120. Kate

    October 16, 2010 at 9:03 am

    We got this at the Melbourne International Film Festival and Bill has been a personal hero since seeing it!

  121. Anonymous

    October 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I love that man. He is a genius. I believe he has revolutionized the view of fashion and style in the past 35+ yrs. He is on the same level as Coco Chanel.

  122. Anonymous

    October 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    luv his ever-blue top and red bike

  123. kellyjeanne

    October 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I saw him AND David Byrne on their bikes in the same neighborhood last time I was in NYC!

  124. Anonymous

    October 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    great Bill, great Scott !!!!!

  125. [email protected]

    October 16, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    i love Bill Cunningham! Such a great eye for what's going on in the city…

    ~ Leah

  126. IrishEye

    October 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    One of the greats! To answr an earlier query, Bill appears to be using a Nikon FM2, (or possibly FM2n), which is his signature camera. It's not at all unusal to use another manufacturer's strap. 35mm film has much to offer in fashion serendipity and street style. Sartortial splendour in the hands on one of the great masters – a great cameo on this blog.

  127. Jack Daniel

    October 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Definitely a master photographer. But Scott, I thought you already saw the movie at the Festivals…?

    It's downloadable. I think.

  128. Anonymous

    October 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    We haven't been exposed much to Bill Cunningham's work in Australia, but by reading all the comments and links I'll definately be doing some research.
    Hey Scott, this could be a portrait of you in 40 years time! :-)
    Ciao, L. x x

  129. Hamad

    October 18, 2010 at 1:14 am

    the documentary is being showed on during the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, I'm actually going to watch it tonight!

    check the festival's officical website as I believe there is a link to Mubi where they will show all the films they had on the fest!!

  130. =

    October 18, 2010 at 7:36 am

    damn gangsta ass shoes

  131. a9kf0

    October 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I never thought of it but I guess he is the spiritual father to the fashion bloggers. I love how he can watch millions go by but find a shift here, a tweak there, and other barometers for fashion, weather and the mood of the NY mind.

  132. Siren

    October 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I saw Bill Cunningham New York at the Melborne International Film Festival. His knowledge of the history of fashion is enclycopaedic. He is also a delightful and utterly charming man and I was on a high for days after seeing this doco. Long may Bill live !

  133. c studio

    October 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Bill Cunningham is the first thing I look at in the Sunday NY times. He is so enthusiastic, it's contagious.

  134. the Citizen Rosebud

    October 19, 2010 at 8:50 am

    i remember reading about it and then nothing. if you find out it can be rented, please please share! would so LOVE to see the doc about him. A very inspiring man.

  135. IMEANWHAT?!?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Well, you snapped a picture of him. Ask him! for more news about fashion and Katy Perry's new perfume. Eek.

  136. ivylee

    October 20, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Please ask him what the shoes are.

  137. Elizabeth Fay

    October 20, 2010 at 5:49 am

    What a cool old gentleman.

  138. MOL

    October 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    love this man, and what a worker!

  139. Anonymous

    October 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I believe it's playing in Honolulu (at the Hawaii International Film Festival) tomorrow…last minute flight?

  140. Anonymous

    October 24, 2010 at 10:19 am

    The documentary just won the award for "Best Documentary by a New Director" at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. I felt quite lucky to be able to catch this insightful film at the festival — with its celebration of the man himself, plus highlighting of New York and emphasis on celebrating individual fashion choices across gender & ethnic lines.

  141. Anne

    October 25, 2010 at 12:54 am

    I love this photo!

  142. Andrew

    October 27, 2010 at 3:16 am

    It's playing at the Brisbane International Film Festival in a couple of weeks if you fancy a trip to Australia.

  143. Adrian

    November 1, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Zeitgeist Films will open the film at New York’s Film Forum on March 16, 2011 with a national release to follow.

  144. Lauren

    November 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Awww Bill Cunningham! I'm always on the look out for him! He's so wonderful and he still shoots in film right?

  145. Ling Ling

    December 31, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    This photographer just warms my heart every time I see him! He looks just so adorable to see him continuing his work.

    f ashioncont a gious

  146. angelea cheong

    June 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I literally worship Bill Cunningham. Such an amazing and talented soul.

  147. NETFLIX

    November 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    you can watch the movie on netflix

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  150. Jana

    May 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

    He took a pic of me once. It happened so fast. I was standing on a side street, preparing to march in the NYC gay pride parade, and before I knew it, a little man with white hair in a blue coat appeared. He gave a small wave and gesture with his camera and, click! I had just watched the doc a year ago. I jumped up and down and thanked the universe! <3

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