Saturday, June 25, 2011
Bill Cunningham's New York
We saw a documentary about Bill Cunningham last night at the glorious Detroit Film Theater, and I highly recommend it.
In his eighties now, Bill Cunningham is completely devoted to his work. Still riding his bike around Manhattan and taking pictures like this for the New York Times, the world of fashion calls to him as loudly as it did fifty years ago.
He literally does nothing but take pictures. He sleeps wedged between his file cabinets of photos dating from the fifties and turned his kitchen into storage space for more cabinets. Such a devotion to craft and art is exhilarating if a bit frightening.
Have you ever known someone like this--who eschewed family, friends, everything to pursue his craft? If so, what was that craft?