Thursday, August 14, 2008

BIll Cunningham, OSP

(Original Street Photographer)

He is thought to have bought no new clothes in 30 years and is rumored to keep what few garments he owns on the hooks of the numerous file cabinets that line his living space - a studio apartment in Carnegie Hall that has been described as one huge filing cabinet.

When Cunningham covers the European fashion shows, he stays in the most modest lodgings in Les Halles where no one visits him, where the phone is in the lobby, and the bathroom is shared. He has the manager remove the bed from the room so he can sleep in a corner on the floor.

Cunningham, who photographs style on the street for the NYT and others has a show going up at Bergdorf Goodman on September 5.

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