This coming Tuesday at the Alamo South Lamar, we’re proud to join with Austin AIGA to present one of our favorite documentaries from last year, the amazing and miraculous BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK.
Bill Cunningham, to those unfamiliar with the octogenarian fashion icon, is a photographer at the top of the game. Shooting for the New York Times, Cunningham is a war photographer on the streets of Manhattan. He runs through busy sidewalks and across traffic lines to shoot beacons of style and courage amidst the sea of cookie-cutter outfits, and documents it all in his famous “On the Street” feature in the weekly Sunday Times.
At 80+ years old, he continues using his camera to capture beautiful people and beautiful clothes with an urgency and energy we should all be thankful for. You can and must check out some of his narrated slideshows, like this one from this past Sunday, and you’ll see why he’s one of the great artists of our times.
In his new film, documentarian Richard Press follows Cunningham on his beat as he aggressively pursues his passion. In this masterful and delicate movie, we see some of the great fashion luminaries of New York discuss the photographer’s impact on fashion, we see the patience and dedication of his artistry, and we see the soul of an artist who breathes his work and loves every inhalation.
This is a truly special documentary about a one-of-a-kind personality. You will not want to miss it.
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK plays at the South Lamar on Tuesday at 7:00pm.
And in case you want to see it a second time after catching it with us – the film opens a full theatrical engagement at the Arbor starting May 20.