Inspiring New Yorkers : Bill Cunningham

I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called Bill Cunningham New York. I chose this documentary not knowing who he was or what it was about, but simply chose it because it had “New York” in the title, therefore I figured it would be a winner! As the documentary unfolded I was so inspired! Bill is an 86 year old photographer and a contributor for the New York Times. He photographs the latest trends in fashion from everyday people in the streets of Manhattan and it features his his work with the New York Times called “On the street” . His reputation is greatly respected by the highest level of fashion designers, and in the film he is complimented and raved about from the highly respected names in the fashion industry.

“I’ve said many times that we all get dressed for Bill,” Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue

He rides his bike around Manhattan wearing a simple $20 blue janitors jacket (which he likes because of all the pockets). He lives a simple life (to say the least) enjoying cheap meals, and an apartment consisting of file cabinets and a twin size mattress laying on top of milk crates. He dropped out of Harvard University in 1948 and moved to New York City. His story is so inspiring because his work ethic, eye for fashion, in addition to holding himself to such a high level, he truly prides himself in his work. At 86 years old he’s running circles (or should I say biking circles) around people 50 years younger than him.

I definitely recommend checking out the documentary on Netflix! A great story leaving you feeling inspired.

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A few weeks ago I was walking through Central Park, and guess who I spotted!?!? My hands got shaky and my heart started beating so fast! It was Bill! Of course due to my comfy NYPD hoodie and old sneakers, he wasn’t taking a picture of my outfit for the best of NYC style. But I did manage to snap a few pics of him as I gained my composure when he walked past me. Yes, I get star struck and I don’t know what or if I should say anything. So here are a few pictures of Bill’s back. The best I could do!

Thanks for the inspiration Bill!




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*These photos were taken with my Canon 60D and kit lens.

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