A good friend recommended that we see the film Bill Cunningham New York, a documentary about the longtime fashion photographer, who is most famous for the On the Street pages of the New York Times. Although one of the first pages I turn to when reading my Sunday Times, I am ashamed to say I didn't know the name of the photographer personally until seeing the film this week.
From anonymity to hero in a couple of hours, that is how change happens, and ones perspective can be fed and nurtured. He is a hero for his talent in spotting trends, and his dedication to sharing what he sees everyday on the streets. More importantly he is a hero for his simple joy for what he does and who he is. A genuine soul, uncomplicated, authentic with a purity that inspires me to be myself.
After seeing the movie, another friend of mine described it this way, "Bill Cunningham is so heartbreakingly sweet and authentic. This documentary had me crying and laughing at his unimaginable tenderness and talent. This film was a gift to me tonight..."
Seeing the film was certainly a gift to me as well. Thank you Bill and for those who knew your story was worth telling and would be so incredibly relevant for us all.