Bill Cunningham New York: A Film by Richard Press by Bill CunninghamWe all get dressed for Bill, says Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. The Bill in question is New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has chronicled fashion trends he spots emerging from Manhattans sidewalks and high society charity soirees, for his popular Style section columns On the Street and Evening Hours. The range of people he snaps includes uptown fixtures like Wintour, Brooke Astor, Tom Wolfe and Annette de la Renta, as well as downtown eccentrics and everyone in between. Rarely has anyone embodied contradictions as happily and harmoniously as Cunningham, who lived a monklike existence in the same Carnegie Hall studio for 50 years, never eats in restaurants and gets around solely on his bike. Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.
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I just loved this book. Prior to this read I knew nothing of Bill except what little I recalled from having watched the film Bill Cunningham New York a few years ago. I highly recommend it. As such, this early part of his life was completely new to me. Bill obviously had a ball telling his stories here. I had such fun reading it, even pausing when I thought I could hear him insert laughter.
Look Inside. Sep 03, ISBN Founded in , the newspaper has won Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper. This book is a dazzling kaleidoscope from the gaze of an artist who saw beauty at every turn. His voice and his vision are very much alive on these pages, and the pictures and words are possibly even more potent the second time around. We have in this book the New York we want to believe in, a magical metropolis where every resident, of every species, and even the flowers blooming in the park, have bewitching style. With this survey of his work, organized both chronologically and thematically, we finally see ourselves as Bill saw us—as a proud and restless tribe of exhibitionist-voyeurs.
Text by Alex Ward. He had an unerring eye for catching every fashion wave well before anyone else, and doing so not just on runways though he loved designer fashion shows , but out there on the pavement of good old gritty Gotham. Say what you will about this unfair city, the parade here never stops, and no one understood that better than a Bostonian named William J. Starting in the s for The Times, he created a singular image of himself by visually chronicling what people overwhelmingly New Yorkers, but also Parisians were wearing as they went about their business. Which was often trying to get Bill to photograph them. The result was 50 or so words that usually, as they say, needed a little work. Often, I was the copy editor chosen to perform the procedure.
In cases where an individual captivated him over a long period of time — such as Anna Wintour, whom he first noticed in the early s when she was an unknown junior editor in London — you may assume that some images have never been seen until now. Even those that appeared in the Times are being seen anew here, outside the spatial confines of the paper. The book also highlights a few fascinations Bill carried with him always, including his muses, urban dogs, and, of course, people wearing hats — a nod to his early career as a milliner. Bill was prolific indeed. He chronicled the first wave of women to ditch their heels and commute to work in sneakers, the return of the zoot suit, the phenomenon of low-riding jeans, the vogue for camouflage, and a hundred different ways New Yorkers stylishly brave a storm.