My Bill Cunningham New York

BillCunningham-byJasonSmith-3924I recently saw the movie “Bill Cunningham New York” at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre and remembered that when living in New York, I had the briefest encounter with the legendary man. I was working as an entertainment photographer for the Everett Collection photo agency and was at a benefit at Cipriani on 42nd St. for UNICEF. Although he wasn’t wearing his trademark blue smock, he did look dashing in his simple blazer with cuff links and wide-whale navy cords. I said, “How are you doing,” and he replied, “OK, young fella.” I’m in my 40s now, and it was fun to have him say that. Here’s his “On the Street” work for the New York Times.

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