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Bill Cunningham New York

October 18, 2012

If you’ve never heard of Bill Cunningham, just open up the New York Times and there is a good chance you will find photographs of New York street fashion.  These photographs can be attributed to Bill Cunningham, a fashion photographer for the New York Times.  Cunningham is famous for his candid street fashion photography.  In 2010, a documentary was created called Bill Cunningham New York, following Cunningham in his day to day life as he cycled around the city and snapped shots of every style imaginable.  Cunningham is 83 years old, but that doesn’t stop him from having an eye for fashion.  Cunningham photographs people ranging from a socialite to a common pedestrian.  Any style, accessory, color or design that sticks out to Cunningham is fair game!  Designer Oscar de la Renta described Cunningham: “More than anyone else in the city, he has the whole visual history of the last 40 or 50 years of New York.  It’s the total scope of fashion in the life of New York.”  Sounds pretty incredible right?  Where does he keep all of this history you may ask?  The answer is in his one room apartment in Carnegie Hall, which is stocked with file cabinets full of every photograph he has ever taken.  If you’re a fashion fanatic like I am, be sure to check out Cunningham’s documentary.  It can be found on Netflix.  It’s interesting, heartwarming, and an hour and a half of fashion to its fullest.

Dress up!  Who knows when Bill will be snapping your picture?

-Allison

Photo: Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

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