I love this man, I love this movie.
Bill Cunningham New York is a documentary about the photographer whose "On the Street" column - the weekly photo spread of New Yorkers walking and wearing, sporting and comporting on Big Apple sidewalks - is the only reason some folks buy that other paper that comes out on Sundays.
But beyond just being a fascinating ride-along with the octogenarian photojournalist, Richard Press' film is a celebration of individualism, integrity, fashion, passion, urban living, street art, magazines and newspapers, and the absolute essentialness of a vintage three-speed bike.
As he has for decades, Cunningham continues to photograph the citizenry of New York - often stationing himself at the corner of 57th and Fifth, dashing to and fro with his camera firing away. At night, the New York Times lensman covers two or three society events, nabbing candid shots of the tuxed and begowned, the old guard and the nuevo fashionistas, as they wine and dine in museums, galleries, and clubs. And he still works the runways, too - he says it's essential to do all three, to understand the connection (which goes both ways) between street style and the couture houses.