Monday, December 19, 2011
Richard Press's Bill Cunningham New York (2010) documents the unnervingly capable photographer, an obsessive workaholic who insists on using film not digital (top still). Cunningham captures images of fashionable people high and low, either on New York City streets or at nighttime parties. Press follows Cunningham riding a bike around town in his blue utility jacket, making a sighting, snapping pictures, and finally readying images for publication in The New York Times. The film shows Cunningham at home and with friends (second still), and interview time goes to his most-photographed subjects, such as Iris Apfel and Anna Wintour. Footage from an earlier documentary adds another dimension to a now well-recognized figure, whereas an inquiry about Cunningham's personal life is hardly necessary.