Noted NYC Photographer Subject of New Documentary

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Bill Cunningham, legendary New York Times photographer

The second film of NEW VIEWS: Premiere Documentaries, a new series highlighting critically acclaimed documentaries and filmmaker conversations presented by Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute, screens at 8 p.m., July 19, at Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House box office and at The film, titled “Bill Cunningham New York,” chronicles photographer Bill Cunningham, who spent 80 years at the New York Times.

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“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Bill Cunningham is an 80-year-old New York Times photographer and unlikely man-about-town. With two weekly columns in the Style section, he captures fashion icons, style on the streets, and the “New York Society” charity whirl populated by the likes of Tom Wolfe, David Rockefeller, and the late Brooke Astor, among others.

Far from simple picture taking, this is cultural anthropology at its sartorial best. It took filmmakers Richard Press and Philip Gefter seven years to convince the intensely private Cunningham to be filmed. He has lived in the same small studio above Carnegie Hall for 50 years, never eats in restaurants, and gets around on a worn-out bicycle. Pointing his camera whenever beauty crosses his path, Cunningham has managed to create a poignant and ongoing chronicle of the intersection of fashion and society for over 50 years – in effect, a portrait of New York City itself.

Director Richard Press and producer Philip Gefter will be present, and Aspen Film Artistic Director Laura Thielen will moderate a conversation with them after the screening.

NEW VIEWS: Premiere Documentaries continues Monday evenings through Aug. 9. Tickets for all films are $16 per show and can be purchased through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House box office and online at If available, tickets will also be sold at the door starting 30 minutes before show time. Films will be shown at 8:00 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium, 1000 N. Third Street in Aspen. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (970) 920-5770, go online at or visit the Wheeler Box Office at 320 East Hyman Avenue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a complete schedule of films screening in the series, visit

NEW VIEWS: Premiere Documentaries is made possible by generous donations from Evelyn and Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner.

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