When the Sunday New York Times is delivered to my door, the first section that I browse to is “Sunday Styles”, and to the photos of Bill Cunningham in his pictorial column “On The Street”. The man is a genius with the camera and has an amazing eye for fashion. Bill, recently interviewed said that he is not a good photographer, he just loves to see beautifully dressed women.
In case you don’t know who Bill Cunningham is; he is a reporter for the NY Times, but with a twist. Each day he rides his bicycle to 5th Avenue in Manhattan and photographs the fashion trends of the everyday woman. What makes this even more amazing is that he is 80 years old. I recently watched a documentary about his work, titled “Bill Cunningham-New York“, and learned more about the man who journals my favorite section of the NY Times.
Bill is not a designer, although at one time he was a milliner. Bill is a documentarian on the state of fashion. Here are Bill’s own words on what he does: “The main thing I love about street photography is that you find the answers you don’t see at the fashion shows. You find information for readers so they can visualize themselves. This was something I realized early on: If you just cover the designers in the shows, that’s only one facet. You also need the street and the evening hours. If you cover the three things, you have the full picture of what people are wearing.”
Bill at work:
So, to Bill, thank you for your contribution to Fashion. Hope you have many more years of pursuing your passion. If you would like to read the full article on Bill, here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/27/style/bill-on-bill.html