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November 16, 2011

Getty Screens Film that Explores Life and Work of Photographer Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham New York screening includes producer discussion about venerated New York Times fashion and social photographer

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center


Alexandria Sivak
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6473

LOS ANGELES—For decades, Bill Cunningham, a Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist, has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high-society charity soirées for the New York Times Style section. On November 30, the Getty will be screening a film that follows Cunningham’s life as storyteller for New York’s elite.

Bill Cunningham New York
, produced by Philip Gefter and directed by Richard Press, is a delicate, funny, and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist. Documenting uptown New York fixtures such as Anna Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, and David Rockefeller, downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is an expression of time, place and individual flair.

Following the screening, Gefter will discuss the role of photography in Cunningham's work, and take questions from the audience.

In addition to producing the film, Gefter is an independent writer and critic and a former picture editor a the New York Times. He is a 2011/2012 Getty Museum Scholar and is conducting research for a biography of noted curator and photography collector Sam Wagstaff. His most recent book is Photography After Frank (2009).

The screening of Bill Cunningham New York takes place on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. The event is free, but reservations are required. For reservations, visit or call (310) 440-7300.

Image at top: Bill Cunningham photographing in the street, in BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK. A film by Richard Press. A Zeitgeist Films release. Photo credit: First Thought Films / Zeitgeist Films

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