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Greg Kolack
Posts: 17,753
Downers Grove, Illinois, US


I just saw the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York" a few days ago.

http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/billcunninghamnewyork/

What a fascinating guy and great film.

I knew nothing about him, mostly because I am not in New York and not in the fashion world.

What struck me the most about this guy is he uses a Nikon 35mm and for the most part, I only saw 1 lens, which looked like a 50mm. And he uses a camera mounted flash. He travels by bike and lives in a tiny little apartment. No frills in anything he does. He knows and has shot celebrities of all types, yet he focuses on street people. No ego, no drama, no complications. He loves what he does, and is hugely respected by everyone.

It made me think of all the chest puffing, exaggerations, pomposity, and self importance that is often present on these Forums. So much bragging about how much equipment one owns and how much money it cost, about brushing shoulders with so and so, who one knows and who one fucks, silly youtube videos, long lists of credits on the profile page, and expounding lots of often false info.

Bill doesn't need or do any of that - he just needs his eye and uses his brain to earn the respect he has today.

A truly admirable and humbling guy.
Aug 29 11 06:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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CAT Productions
Posts: 243
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Greg Kolack wrote:
I just saw the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York" a few days ago.

http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/billcunninghamnewyork/

What a fascinating guy and great film.

I knew nothing about him, mostly because I am not in New York and not in the fashion world.

What struck me the most about this guy is he uses a Nikon 35mm and for the most part, I only saw 1 lens, which looked like a 50mm. And he uses a camera mounted flash. He travels by bike and lives in a tiny little apartment. No frills in anything he does. He knows and has shot celebrities of all types, yet he focuses on street people. No ego, no drama, no complications. He loves what he does, and is hugely respected by everyone.

It made me think of all the chest puffing, exaggerations, pomposity, and self importance that is often present on these Forums. So much bragging about how much equipment one owns and how much money it cost, about brushing shoulders with so and so, who one knows and who one fucks, silly youtube videos, long lists of credits on the profile page, and expounding lots of often false info.

Bill doesn't need or do any of that - he just needs his eye and uses his brain to earn the respect he has today.

A truly admirable and humbling guy.

Yeah, great movie. I enjoyed it also. Some poignant moments included as well...

Aug 29 11 07:01 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lumigraphics
Posts: 32,661
Detroit, Michigan, US


Greg Kolack wrote:
I just saw the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York" a few days ago.

http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/billcunninghamnewyork/

What a fascinating guy and great film.

I knew nothing about him, mostly because I am not in New York and not in the fashion world.

What struck me the most about this guy is he uses a Nikon 35mm and for the most part, I only saw 1 lens, which looked like a 50mm. And he uses a camera mounted flash. He travels by bike and lives in a tiny little apartment. No frills in anything he does. He knows and has shot celebrities of all types, yet he focuses on street people. No ego, no drama, no complications. He loves what he does, and is hugely respected by everyone.

It made me think of all the chest puffing, exaggerations, pomposity, and self importance that is often present on these Forums. So much bragging about how much equipment one owns and how much money it cost, about brushing shoulders with so and so, who one knows and who one fucks, silly youtube videos, long lists of credits on the profile page, and expounding lots of often false info.

Bill doesn't need or do any of that - he just needs his eye and uses his brain to earn the respect he has today.

A truly admirable and humbling guy.

There is a certain commercial photographer in Chicago who I admire the hell out of who is brash but yet humble...and his work is better than mine probably ever will be, yet he still poor-mouths himself and always talks about how little he knows.

Aug 29 11 07:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Greg Kolack
Posts: 17,753
Downers Grove, Illinois, US


Lumigraphics wrote:

There is a certain commercial photographer in Chicago who I admire the hell out of who is brash but yet humble...and his work is better than mine probably ever will be, yet he still poor-mouths himself and always talks about how little he knows.

Bill doesn't poor mouth himself - he simply doesn't talk much about himself.

Aug 29 11 07:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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NothingIsRealButTheGirl
Posts: 32,828
Los Angeles, California, US


Just streamed it on Netflix. Great.
Oct 12 12 11:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Terakawa
Posts: 580
Emeryville, California, US


Never once taken food or drink at any function.  a bit eccentric for sure.
Oct 13 12 12:13 am  Link  Quote 
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Mortonovich II
Posts: 705
San Diego, California, US


Waiting for that DVD to arrive from Netflix tomorrow!!!
Oct 13 12 12:56 am  Link  Quote 
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Roy Hubbard
Posts: 2,804
New York, New York, US


Terakawa wrote:
Never once taken food or drink at any function.  a bit eccentric for sure.

More than a bit, but I think he's an amazing guy overall. I saw this earlier this week. There's some interesting discussion at the IMDB board.

Oct 13 12 10:38 am  Link  Quote 
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Supermodel Photographer
Posts: 3,309
Oyster Bay, New York, US


Greg Kolack wrote:
He loves what he does, and is hugely respected by everyone.

Everyone (perhaps) except for the people who do not love what he does, people who do not even moderately respect work that looks like snapshots.

Oct 13 12 10:53 am  Link  Quote 
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MB JenB
Posts: 2,980
Clarksville, Tennessee, US


Greg Kolack wrote:
I just saw the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York" a few days ago.

...

I enjoyed when I saw his documentary. I am not sure if it is the same one but, he is pretty spectacular.
Jen

Oct 13 12 11:12 am  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


Looking forward to watching it tonight on Netflix Streaming..too impatient to wait for the DVD.
Oct 13 12 11:19 am  Link  Quote 
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NothingIsRealButTheGirl
Posts: 32,828
Los Angeles, California, US


Michael Pandolfo wrote:
Looking forward to watching it tonight on Netflix Streaming..too impatient to wait for the DVD.

Did you?

Oct 14 12 01:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


I stopped him on the street one day to chat- he really is not happy about that movie being made about him.  I haven't seen it but still I am glad some one made it.
Oct 14 12 01:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lee Nutter
Posts: 160
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Mark wrote:
I stopped him on the street one day to chat- he really is not happy about that movie being made about him.  I haven't seen it but still I am glad some one made it.

not happy because it's turned him into a celebrity or because it misrepresented him in some way?

Oct 14 12 04:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jhono Bashian
Posts: 2,432
Cleveland, Ohio, US


Lee Nutter wrote:

not happy because it's turned him into a celebrity or because it misrepresented him in some way?

maybe he is not collecting any royalties off that film

Oct 14 12 04:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Roy Hubbard
Posts: 2,804
New York, New York, US


Mark wrote:
I stopped him on the street one day to chat- he really is not happy about that movie being made about him.  I haven't seen it but still I am glad some one made it.

Also curious about this.

Oct 15 12 09:38 am  Link  Quote 
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Mortonovich II
Posts: 705
San Diego, California, US


Watching it now. What a cool documentary!
Oct 17 12 11:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jingjing Hang
Posts: 2
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Jhono Bashian wrote:

maybe he is not collecting any royalties off that film

Honestly I doubt he'd care one bit whatsoever about royalties.
I'm guessing the celebrity part he prefers to be not noticed and doesn't think he's anything special.

Oct 18 12 02:47 am  Link  Quote 
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J M
Posts: 372
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Jingjing Hang wrote:

Honestly I doubt he'd care one bit whatsoever about royalties.
I'm guessing the celebrity part he prefers to be not noticed and doesn't think he's anything special.

Whoops that was me, gf stayed logged in again..

Oct 18 12 02:48 am  Link  Quote 
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Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


Roy Hubbard wrote:
Also curious about this.

sorry it took so long to reply  He said something like it was terribly intrusive.

Oct 20 12 08:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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J M
Posts: 372
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Mark wrote:

sorry it took so long to reply  He said something like it was terribly intrusive.

Makes sense, everyone who talks about him mentions he is very, very private with his private life

Oct 21 12 12:11 am  Link  Quote 
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annie lomowitz
Posts: 257
WOODY CREEK, Colorado, US


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