October 24, 2014

Picture Perfect: Bill Cunningham New York Arrives in SF

Mark your calendar for this Friday, when Zeitgist Films’ documentary Bill Cunningham New York debuts in the Bay Area at Landmark Theatre’s Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco and Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley.

For 50 years, Bill Cunningham has been riding his Schwinn around Manhattan pioneering his own movement in fashion journalism. Far more than just a fashion photographer, he’s touted as a ‘visual historian’ and ‘cultural anthropologist.’  Largely viewed as the man who gave birth to street fashion photography, he is best known for his columns in the New York Times Style section and Women’s Wear Daily and is renowned among New York high society as one of its most-sought after photographers.

In the words of Vogue’s Anna Wintour, “We all get dressed for Bill.”  After years chronicling New York City fashion, he has become a fashion icon in his own right. Interestingly, despite his public role in the fashion world, Cunningham is also known to be an extremely private person, whose personal life was a mystery to very few, until now.

With his feature film debut, filmmaker Richard Press brings viewers a rare glimpse into Cunningham’s public and personal worlds. This exclusive look at the fashion photographer’s life is, for many fashion fans, a must-see movie.

As a special treat for Bay Area audiences, Richard Press and producer Philip Gefter are expected to attend the April 8 opening in San Francisco and the April 9 show in Berkeley.

Bill Cunningham shooting on the street in New York City

Bill Cunningham shooting Anna Wintour at Fashion Week in New York City

Bill Cunningham at his desk at The New York Times

Photography courtesy of Zeitgeist Films