Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What I'm Watching Wednesday...Bill Cunnningham New York

Another Netflix recommendation from last night - and this one is a delight!

A documentary of the fashion chronicler/photographer from the New York Times.
He's in his 80's, rides his Schwinn bike throughout the city snapping the fashions on folks he sees - both celebrity and non. It's the fashion he cares about - the clothes and how they're worn.

He's a fascinating personality. Keeps a very simple lifestyle, minimal, his whole joyful life effort seems put into capturing images of the clothes as they're worn on the street as well as on the runway, then assembling the snapped images for his newspaper columns.

His day swings from street photography in the light to covering parties in the evenings. Seasonally he heads to Paris to cover the runway shows. He calls it "retraining the eye" twice a year.

This film captivated me - I'm not familiar with The New York Times or his columns - and I was taken with his focus on his image making and his seeming pleasantness. Then captivated again with his extremely minimal lifestyle - it seems he has a cot, a chair and massive stacks of file cabinets! So fascinating.

 BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK. A film by Richard Press. A Zeitgeist Films release. Photo credits: First Thought Films / Zeitgeist Films

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