Bill Cunningham Documentary


Bill Cunningham is the street-style photographer for the New York Times. He’s a hilarious, eccentric guy who rides his Schwinn bike around New York City (rain or shine) and captures fabulous people with his camera. Well, a documentary just came out about him. Here’s the trailer. I can’t wait to see it!

P.S. Movie times around the country, if you’d like to see it on the big screen.

(Film still by Richard Press)

  1. Maggie says...

    We watched Tig on your recommendation in 2015, so I did a search for ‘documentary’ last weekend and we watched this one on Bill Cunningham. It was very interesting to learn about this unique individual who has dedicated his life to his passion. I wish the filmmakers would have left out the questions about his sexuality and religion at the end. These felt exploitative and really had no bearing on the story. Overall, enjoyable film. Please keep the documentary suggestions coming!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! Being an Atlantan transplant to LA, I wasn’t familiar with Bill Cunningham but I love photography, film and fashion. The more eclectic, the better! This gave me the opportunity to reconnect with a friend, a Canadian photographer. Although we didn’t get to see it on our first try (disaster struck but we bonded over a bottle of wine afterwards!), we did get to see one of the last showings in LA. It was such a great film! We both felt so inspired – as artists and as people. Bill is so adorable! I do hope they bring it back to LA so I can recommend it! Thank you again!

  3. Thank you for posting this! My husband and a few friends and I saw this Friday at the Nuart theater in Los Angeles. He is the cutest man I have ever seen and I want to hug him all day. Did you see it?

    He’s the best

    thanks again!


  4. I just saw this and it was wonderful! Really quite wonderful.

  5. Oooh – I’ve been hearing about this but hadn’t seen the trailer yet – thanks for sharing – can’t wait to see it!

  6. so glad to hear that you guys loved the film! can’t wait to see it. xo

  7. My friend saw it at the IFC last weekend and loved it. I hope to go soon. I adore Bill (ha! and obviously consider myself on a first-name basis with him).

  8. I love this. So interesting and cool. Thanks for sharing! :)

  9. Thanks for great post! Not only is he one of the worlds greatest photographers, he alone has been “thee guy” that fashion followed! He always spotted the trends and knew what the street beat was! Igrew up with his photos! He is an icon!
    Have a great Sunday!
    Jamie Herzlinger

  10. I hope they do it in Spain, I want to see it!

  11. bill cunningham.

    the original o.g.

    the legend!

    i can’t wait to see this documentary!!!

  12. I met him once. It was at a fashion illustration opening at an art gallery. He took photographs of a friend and I.
    I told him I had been following his work since I was a young and I thought he was amazing. He returned with I’m only amazing because of young looking people like you.
    It was a highlight of my life to see our picture in the times later.

    I can’t wait to see the movie!

  13. Thanks for your great posts. I learned about this documentary from your blog and my husband and I are going to see it at the Nuart next Friday. I can’t wait!

  14. thanks for sharing! can’t wait to see this and it will show right around the corner from us. =)

  15. ladies, i saw this with my beau last night and it basically wrung out every emotion either of us have. it was entertaining in a super special way, really honest, spirited. i can’t stop thinking about this wonderful man :) get a ticket, don’t think twice!

  16. Looking forward to seeing this!

  17. I saw this yesterday, Its touching, beautiful, and ever so inspirational!

  18. Bill is just fantastic. A veteran, wonderful photographer!

  19. He seems like nice sweet old man…

  20. Dude me too!

  21. i can’t wait! i absolutely love his commentary.

  22. Oh, how cool! I want to see this. It kind of reminds me of the The Sartorialist…

  23. I look forward to seeing this documentary. Fashion makes up so much of ones identity and does add to ones daily life.

  24. this looks really great! can’t wait to see it, thanks for posting this!

  25. Katie says...

    Thanks, I had no idea! I will have to wait just a bit, as it does not show in Minneapolis until May 6th.

  26. Oh wow! I just told my husband he’s taking me on a date on April 29th. So happy to see it will be playing here in Nashville! Thanks for the heads up.

  27. thank you for the tip, I hope it will be soon in The Netherlands too.

  28. I saw it last evening!!! It was wonderful!

  29. amazing man! and he still shoots in film.. can’t wait to see it!

  30. I hope it’s available in Canada!

  31. This looks SO GOOD! I hope it comes to the Twin Cities!

  32. Anonymous says...

    already got tix to see it this sat @ film forum!
    can’t wait!

  33. Can’t wait to see it. So happy it’s playing in LA!

  34. Wow, what an exceptional person. Love it. And I can’t wait to see the full documentary. Thank you for sharing this bit of news!

  35. Anonymous says...

    This looks amazing!

  36. I watched it last night, it was amazing!
    Also after the screening there was a meeting with the director and producer and some of the people who were in the movie were in the auditorium:).

  37. I was lucky enough to have my photo taken by mr cunningham once – it even made the style section. such an honor!

  38. I saw an advanced screening and it’s a-mazing. Loved it! Love him.

  39. Sarah Hawley says...

    This looks great. I didn’t know him before this, but he looks like such a character. And if Anna thinks it’s “death” for him not to photograph her, then he must be wonderful :) So happy to see it’s playing in Scottsdale!

  40. Thanks for sharing! Looks great. Keeping my eye out now!


  41. I agree Robin, this make me want to move to New York also! Both for the fashion and to be near a place that shows independent films… oh the luxury :)


  42. yip yip yip eeeee! I have been waiting for this to come out! watched the trailer lots of times. can’t wait. xxo

  43. thanks for introducing me to Bill!!!! He’s incredible – is he not paid for what he does??

  44. So interesting and cool!

    Saw some Dutch people running with the Dutch flag, yahoo ;-) !!

    xo mandy

  45. I LOVE films like this, except then they make me so LONG to move to NYC….

  46. B says...

    I am so excited to see this film! I have been waiting for months now – looks so good!
    Much love,

  47. I’m so looking forward to this documentary! “Stop your antics!” had me laughing and I was sad the trailer was only two minutes long. He has much knowledge!


    Joie de Veralynn

  48. I’ve been DYING to see this! Mr. Cunningham is how I start my weekend; every Saturday I watch the latest On the Street while eating breakfast. Sadly, I doubt the movie will ever make it to Sweden… Guess I’ll have to Netflix it when I get home this summer!

  49. What a brave man! Cycling around NYC like that – and no helmet. Old school! Bet the doc is fabulous.

  50. Awesome! I have never seen him before..Love the pics…

  51. Looks wonderful! He is pretty amazing… wish I could steal him for a cup of coffee and a chat!

  52. Saw it last night – so great and fresh. So real and insightful. What an honest man with a beautiful eye!

  53. Very cool! I’ll have to see it… I want to ride a Schwinn around New York and take pictures. :)

    If you’re interested, I posted on ways to help Japan.

  54. I love his work so it would be fantastic to hear his story.

    PS: the photo of him on the bike is precious.

  55. Oh this looks really cool. Am I wrong or is he the original street photographer

  56. So excited to see this movie! I have to wait until May to see it on the big screen here in Arizona but it will be worth it :) I love how he just cruises around on his bicycle.

    P.S. I used to think Anna WIntour was incredibly scary but with all these documentaries coming out I feel like we are seeing a softer side of her!

  57. I’m so excited to see this movie! I’m a huge fan of Bill Cunningham, he’s such an important figure in the fashion industry, and just such an interesting character. I have no doubt that this documentary will be AMAZING.

  58. i have been waiting for this to come out and cannot wait either :)

    <3 steffy

  59. I just bought my tickets to see it next week. Can’t wait to see the film…and the fashion! I love Bill Cunningham’s work.

    Thanks for sharing Joanna!


  60. haha, melisa, and he is so sweet! when he sees alex, he always says “hello, young man” :)

  61. pumped!

  62. So neat! My friend just asked me to go see this–I had no idea Bill Cunningham was so eccentric. Love it!

  63. That trailer is fantastic and I cant wait to see this documentry! Have a great Thursday:)

  64. I am very excited to see this too!