Thursday, March 22, 2012


Before there was The Sartorialist Scott Schuman and Jak & Jil photoblogger Tommy Ton, there was Bill Cunningham, pioneer to street style photography whose career has lasted longer than some of us have been on this earth.  Last night I finally saw the documentary Bill Cunningham New York about the renowned NY Times columnist and photographer.  I have seen his column that runs in the Times style section called On the Street but I never knew who the man was behind the lens.

The film follows the octogenarian as he rides his trusty Schwinn through the streets of NYC in his trademark blue jacket, snapping shots of people who dress "differently" with his artfully trained eye.  Praised by the likes of drag queens, socialites, diplomats, and (ahem) Anna Wintour, Bill shuns the spotlight and humbles himself by living in a tiny apartment in Carnegie Hall (he has since moved) and refusing even a drink of water at the high society galas he attends. Here is a look at some of his work over the years.

photos courtesy of google images

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