An exhibition dedicated to the American fashion photographer is now on display in NYC.
American fashion photographer Bill Cunningham was best known for his street candid shots and work with style icons such as Jackie Kennedy and Katharine Hepburn. Cunningham first started as a hat maker before becoming a photographer for the New York Times. Cunningham’s career, which spans several decades and trends, is at the heart of the “Experience The Times of Bill Cunningham” exhibition in Manhattan’s Financial District.
The exhibition was curated by Mark Bozek, director of the documentary “The Times of Bill Cunningham” and founder of Live Rocket Inc, and Layne Braunstein, Leader, Creative for NBBJ’s New York experience design studio, ESI DESIGN. Bozek worked closely with the Cunningham family to produce the film and immersive experience. Aspects of the exhibition include an interactive staircase where an outfit is projected onto guests along with sound bites, quotes, and videos of Cunningham speaking.
Artifacts like Cunningham’s iconic Biria bicycle and his trademark blue French worker’s jacket are also in the exhibition. Guests can pose on a simulated city crosswalk where Cunningham took many of his photographs, or take a seat on a bench made of milk crates and a foam mattress; a nod to the photographer’s bed in his Carnegie Hall studio apartment. The exhibition sponsored by Shutterstock features a room dedicated to pictures Cunningham took alongside photographs taken by up-and-coming photographers.
In all, the exhibition brings life, history, and art into one space.
“Experience The Times of Bill Cunningham” will run until October 30 and tickets can be purchased online.