Bill Cunningham New York


See the acclaimed documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, about the celebrated New York Times fashion photographer, followed by an onstage discussion with Guy Trebay, reporter/critic for The New York Times Culture and Style desk and writer of the “On the  Runway” blog, moderated by screenwriter Will Conroy (Transsiberian)!

Thanks to our community partner for this screening, Tucson Modernism Week.

Journalism on Screen is an ongoing series combining films that explore the world of journalism with lively discussions with experts and industry professionals. Presented by The New York Times, The Arizona Daily Star, The Daily Wildcat/UA TV-3, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, Arizona Inn and The Loft Cinema.

“A captivating and moving portrait of a singular man and a passing era.” – Carina Chocano, New York Times

“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editor Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is the late New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist obsessively and inventively chronicled fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work was more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth was his own humanity and unassuming grace. (Dir. by Richard Press, 2010, USA, 84 mins., Not Rated)

Guy Trebay reports on style and culture for The New York Times. He was previously a columnist for The Village Voice and has written for The New YorkerCondé Nast TravelerTravel and LeisureHarper’sEsquireGrand Street, and other major publications. His work, twice honored with the Meyer Berger Award, presented by the Columbia University School of Journalism, has received numerous other awards, been widely anthologized, and was collected in In The Place to Be: Guy Trebay’s New York.