The New Directors/New Films Fair in New York will begin on March 24 with the premier of ‘Bill Cunningham New York’. The iconic photographer, known for taking pictures of ‘stylish’ New Yorkers, is a cult figure and fore- runner for hugely influential contemporary photgraphers such as The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman.
Now 82 years of age, Cunningham with his instantly recognisable blue coat and bicycle is an icon of classic style – an elegance which allows him to name Anna Wintour and Tom Wolfe amongst his friends.
The documentary will focus on Cunningham’s ‘Bohemian’ lifestyle, taking into everything from his modest artist studio residence in Carnegie Hall to his recent ‘Politicised’ work such as the ‘WE ARE STRONGER” campaign following September 11th Terrorist attacks and his photographs of President Obama’s inauguration. For a man who has seen New York change dramatically over his working career, his recent focus on ‘outside influecne’ is hardly surprisng as he explores the roots of the culture he has documented. Therefore taking such variety into account suggests director Richard Press’ challenge has been an envious one over this project.
Cunningham has stated “I’m looking for something that has beauty” in reference to his work, and now with this rare insight, the viewer will have the opprtunity to glimpse the world of a man Anna Wintour herself described as “detailing a cultural anthropology”.