Watched “Bill Cunningham New York” last night on Netflix. I couldn’t decide if I was more blown away by his professionalism, integrity, work ethic or his fabulous zest for living. An original in a world of knock-offs.
Bill Cunningham! Such great work – the breadth of people he finds in NYC and his inclusive view are very much appreciated. As well, that he keeps it about documenting the moment and as a result giving us all a chronicle of history. There are some, like you who have joined these ranks and I hope that the practice continues.
The documentary on Bill Cunningham is such an incredible peek into the lives of an artist who has been sharing his creative eye for decades. This photo of him captures his humble spirit and classic, relaxed style. Love the blue!
Yes. Bill Cunningham’s great. Don’t be afraid of uniform. Don’t be afraid of pieces that are purely functional. How to be stylish: Learn who you are; understand your personality fully and wear clothes that reflect it. So long as you have taste, you’ll be stylish. Dress “boring”; wear the same thing everyday. Forget about “outfits”. If you’re comfortable with yourself, you’ll out-dress anyone.
I saw “Bill Cunningham New York” a couple of days ago and by the end I realized I had been smiling through the whole movie. What an adorable man! Sunny disposition, strong convictions, humility, sense of humor, sense of self. He is my hero!
I see this shade of blue is your colour of the moment – it is fabulous. ‘Cerulean’ Blue’ and must dash out and find something in this colour over the next couple of weeks. It’s great with light colouring x
what a sweet man BC He took my photo and it appeared on the cover of WWD I was wearing a Muglar mohair jacket that came to the top of my legs into jaggered points also on the sleeves. my tights were large fishnets made in Japan for Betsy Johnson and blk ankle boot with a very high heel…. that came from a shop in soho call Berkhart sunglassed and I have long dk hair,,,,,,,,
George looks amazing as always. This really captured them both very well. And that blue just is so uplifting. The man who embodies functional clothing, and the man who embodies decorative clothing, both looking kind of great.
We saw Bill Cunningham, New York in the theater. When we walked out, smiling, my wife gushed, “That was the best movie I’ve ever seen!!” It is inspirational. So nice to see him here, still smiling and enjoying life.
I too have also recently watched the documentary on Bill Cunningham, and I believe he is one of my greatest role model! He has such a zest for life, and I wish to run into him one day! What a wonderful photo that captures his beautiful personality!
Bill Cunningham is a mirror of the New York. His great passion inspires me tremendously!!!
A man who loves his work! Zero-commerce.
This is a great rarity. Almost miracle in the material world!
I love blue with beige. Immortal uniform well-behaved man ;)
As you can see everyone wearing it with a totally different expression! ;))
That’s so funny! I just watched it this morning. It inspired me very much– about going back to church/ synagogue (I’m half and half) and keeping my love of New York alive though it can be hard at times (as even Bill admits at the end of the film.) This is a wonderful photo of him! He’s like a kind of saint I think (as silly as that sounds). So simple, honest with all the lines of kindness, wit and geniality etched on his face…that’s what he makes me think of.
I so love the film about Bill Cunningham. As the Sartorialist does some of the same thing as he does, but quite differently, it would be interesting to have you comment at greater length on his work, his influence, the way you two see the world differently and the same. Jackie Onassis would have commissioned a book from you on this subject. :) If you don’t believe me see the stuff on fashion and fashion history in Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books.
Oh! I adore Bill Cunningham! I love his appreciation for LIFE, for street fashion, for beauty in all shapes and sizes and colors… and the fact that he’s not a kiss-ass or a glad hand. He is SO refreshing! And the blue on both gents is fabulous.
We were TWICE in Bill’s Sunday Style Section of the New York Times. Both times it was for the Preservation Society of Newport County, their Bal Blanc and the Chinese Ball. The first time we made the paper, a friend called and said we were photographed by Bill. Do you know how hard it is to get a New York Times, at 3PM on a Sunday afternoon??!!
Aww.. Bill Cunningham! He and his blue shirt. Such a great movie. And great inspiration. He’s my one of role models to live and love my passion.
And I thought I saw you in the movie, Mr Schuman. You took a picture of a lady who walked across the street right before Mr Cunningham did. Am I right?
A couple months ago I was riding my bike down 5th ave. and rode next to Bill for a couple blocks. We said hello and chatted a bit about bike riding and the weather. I commented how much I enjoyed his movie. He said he hadn’t seen it yet because he was too embarrassed. How’s that for honest humility.
Mr Cortina features in various posts of this blog. I’ve tried so many times to force myself to like his outfits, but he looks positively sinister every single time and tends to annul every beautiful clothing he wears. Non posing and smiling for me does the trick. What’s the point of being considered a fashion icon and look morose? On the other hand Mr Cunningham, despite his years, is a sheer joy and pleasure.
I just saw the movie. I am East-European, and would have never known anything about Bill Cunningham if it weren’t for this post, Scot, but I must say that was one of the most sincere and beautiful films I have ever seen. Living where I live, one could not even conceptualize the existence of a person like Bill. The purity, honesty, complete and total devotion to one craft. It was amazing. I feel so humbled by what I just saw.
Catching up …. I absolutely loved the movie … he is so incredibly special … I work across the street from Carnegie Hall and can’t believe I never saw him … they are now rebuilding the space where those old apts/offices were … went on all summer and shows no signs of stopping soon. Great pic of him.
I saw the doc of Bill Cunningham, and saw Scott in it! Very interesting film, even if it did get a bit long. I would have liked to see more pictures that he took, but I suppose I can do that on my own too. It made me a little sad.
Bill Cunningham, the Don of street style photography. Having seen the movie I know he takes great delight in his almost fierce independence and doesn’t take pitcures simply for fame, but for the love of the subject. It was only fitting that he received the Chevalier award for his contribution to the world of fashion.
I ran across Bill Cunningham’s video the other week. What a delight to watch. I bet you you meet him, he ask as though he has known you all his life. I learned so much from the video. Thank you Mr. Cunningham.
I saw the documentary last week … loved it! It’s exceptional to see somebody so successful keep both feet on the ground. When he speaks about artistic freedom and money, it makes you think [that's probably why we love blogging :-)]. Anyways, really enjoy reading ‘The Sartorialist’ … fashion can be a lot of fun [even for non fashionista's :-)]
Bill seems like a wonderful person. But somehow, I have less interest in his work now that I am aware that he never bothered to live himself. How can he interpret fashion, if he never cares about his own? How can he take a picture of a couple if he has never loved? How can he document life if he has never lived it? Its like an alien taking photos of earth creatures without really understanding anything except what it has learned from text.
Ah…Cunningham is my Dylan, and it appears he’s now “plugged in”, for better or worse. (I give him props for holding out so long… loved the scenes of him in his fave mini-lab waving his rolls of film around.) Great guy, one hell of a shooter, whatever the format.