I finally saw the documentary film “Bill Cunningham’s New York” this weekend. Cunningham is the guy who rides a Schwinn bicycle all over New York, day and night, snapping pictures of “street style” and parties for The New York Times. (You can find his work in the Sunday Style section of the Times.)
He’s been doing this for 50 years, and you talk about someone whose work is his life… Cunningham really doesn’t care about much besides fashion. He sees poetry in the way people put their look together, and watching this film I can see what he means.
But the reason I suggest you watch this, sometime (those of you who see fashion as an art), is for what he has to say about his craft. And, by the way, he’s about 80 and still riding that Schwinn, weaving in and out of the cab traffic on busy New York streets, steering with one hand and snapping photos with the other.