The Times of Bill Cunningham
(USA/2018-directed by Mark Bozek)
The Times of Bill Cunningham is a documentary from Mark Bozek detailing the story of legendary New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. Mark Bozek began work on this lovely and invigorating film about the now legendary street photographer on the day of Bill Cunningham’s death in 2016 at the age of 87. Bozek’s film culls together precious material, including a lengthy 1994 filmed interview with Cunningham (shot when he received a Media Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America) and his subject’s earliest pre-New York Times photographs, long unseen.
In his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, Cunningham takes us through his Irish Catholic upbringing in Boston, his army stint, his move to New York in 1948 (which was controversial for his straitlaced family), his days as a milliner, his close friendships with Nona Park and Sophie Shonnard of Chez Ninon, his beginnings as a photographer, and his liberated and wholly democratic view of fashion. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, the documentary also features animations by artist and illustrator Ruben Toledo. (95 min.)
This showing is presented with the help of the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art at the DIA.
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