Sunday, October 30, 2011

BRILLIANT BILL CUNNINGMAN

Goodness Richard Press's doco about the irrepressible octogenarian NYT street snapper Bill Cunningham is good. So good in fact that I haven't stopped thinking about it since I watched it at the Verona in Sydney's Paddington on Saturday.

Why? The characters that Cunningham photographs are fabulous and fascinating - from Anna Piaggi to Iris Apfel to OTT milliner Patrick McDonald - but then so is his own.


Anna Piaggi


It's almost unbelievable how entirely without ego Cunningham is. We are left wondering what exactly led him to live this life of contrasts - between his monastic personal life, sleeping in what's essentially a tiny office filled with filing cabinets of his negatives, caring not a jot for fancy clothes or food, cycling up and down town from event to event all in pursuits of his grand passion THE CLOTHES - and the razzle dazzle of the fashion world.











Iris Apfel & Bill


There's a fab scene in which the paparazzi flock to snap Catherine Deneuve as she alights from a car outside a show in Paris. Cunningham ignores her. "They ask me, why not photograph Catherine? Well, she wasn't wearing anything interesting," he says, or words to that effect. Cunningham is not interested in celebrity - he is interested only in the art of fashion.

A true original and - when you think about the street snapping phenomenon that's been gripping fashion land and the blogosphere for the past few years, it's all nothing on this. The original - the source. Go Bill!

A Cunningham shot from his NYT page

Hat man Patrick McDonald

A still of Apfel from the movie

1 comment:

  1. IRIS APFEL WEARS OUR HANNA BERNHARD TOUCAN PIN IN THIS MOVIE :)

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