Monday, November 7, 2011

He who seeks beauty will find it.

Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes it's a song or a flower or a beautiful painting. Other times it is an old man with a camera and wily smile. In this case, it would be Bill Cunningham, a photographer for The New York Times who practically invented the form of photography known as "Street Style". In the documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, (available on Netflix) Bill is followed and reveals his process, values, and life as a man dedicated to fashion photography. It's a nice, slow, easy movie, but it's comforting, so if you're just wanting to relax to a sweet story of ambition, simplicity, and oddity, this docufilm is for you. 

8.2 "I got the shot"s out of 10 street cleaners jackets

"The wider world perceives fashion as, sometimes, a frivolity that should be done away with in the face of social upheavals and problems that are enormous. The point is, in fact, that fashion, you know, in point of's the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don't think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization. That's what I think. I'm like this crazy fanatic, but anyway, that's what I think about it."

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