THE photographer: Bill Cunningham. - Lakatwalk - a fashion and lifestyle blog.

THE photographer: Bill Cunningham.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

“Fashion, it’s the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away civilization.”

There are no words to express how much I adore this man.

 I saw Bill once working when I was coming back from Anna Sui's studio to showroom I was working in with Karen, the showroom owner. I remember running in my heels, hands full of jewelry samples, trying to keep up with speed walking Karen. We passed next to Bill and Karen waved to him: "Hi Bill!" he waved back "Always nice to see you Karen!" with big smile on his face. Later in the showroom I asked her who was that peculiar old guy. She responded: "That is Bill. Bill is New York. Everyone knows Bill and Bill knows everyone who matters."

“You see, if you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing. Don’t touch money. It’s the worst thing you can do. Money is the cheapest thing. Liberty, freedom is the most expensive thing.”

Bill Cunningham is The New York Times photographer and cultural anthropologist who is now more then 80 years old. For decades Bill has been riding his Schwinn bicycle and documenting fashion trends and high society charity soirees for The Times Style section in his columns "On the Street" and "Evening Hours".

You can now see his photos online in video form in his weekly column on the Times website, he just improvises, talks about his photos in the video, without a script and adds some interesting historic facts to his trend report, I listen to it every week, he is my reporter from New York. :)

Bill has been as he saids 'documenting' New York's uptown figures like Anna Wintour, David Rockefeller, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor and others as well as downtown eccentrics and stylish passersby on the streets of the City who's clothes interested him. We can freely say that Bill has  pioneered the street-style photography.

 “Most of my pictures are never published. I just document things I think are important… I do everything, really, for myself.”

What I love about Bill is his passion and love for his craft and dignity he projects. This old man is so happy when working, it's contagious! Most importantly, when Bill gets out on the street he does it without any preconceived notion, he just let's the street talks to him and he lets street trends tell him new fashion story every day. Bill never judges the trends, he just notices them, reports them and shares them using wonderful descriptive and warm words - you can tell he loves fashion. He knows so much about fashion and history it's absolutely incredible! 

“I said many times that we all get dressed for Bill.” 
Anna Wintour 

In 2010. a documentary came out about Bill. Below is the teaser movie clip, I really urge you to watch the full documentary and get to know this very special man. He really changed the way I love fashion and the way I love New York.

Bill Cunningham New York is a 2010 documentary film directed by Richard Press and produced by Philip Gefter. Bill Cunningham New York is distributed by Zeitgeist Films and was released in theaters on March 16, 2011.

“I don’t work. I only know how to have fun every day.”

Here's to Bill. 
A historian. An artist. Happy man. Gay man. Simple man. Energetic man. Lonely man.
Modest man. A kind man. A broken man. A legend.

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4 fabulous comments

  1. Gledala sam dokumentarac i bas me odusevio kako je covjek presimpatican! :) Također, preporuka svima :) A tebi, kao i uvijek, sve pohvale ;)

  2. Jako si me zainteresirala jer obožavam ljude poput Billa, ljude koji imaju "ono nešto". Jedva čekam pogledati čitav dokumentarac, hvala ti na preporuci! :)

    1. Hvala tebi što me pratiš <3 On je prava inspiracija jel da?


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