Anyone who saw last year's documentary "Bill Cunningham New York," knows how painfully shy the 80-something New York Times lensman is about any form of attention. Even making the film was a game of cat-and-mouse, according to director Richard Press, who said that while Cunningham eventually agreed to being the film's subject—nearly a decade after the original request—he had no intentions of making it easy for the filmmakers. Earlier this week, Mr. Cunningham received the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence. Instead of his trademark blue jacket, something usually worn by the Parisian street cleaners, he cut a fine line in a sharp-looking tux at the gala benefit, while his trusty Nikon dangled from his neck. Still bashful as ever, when Cunningham credited his audience when accepting the award: “Everyone in this room, I mean, that’s why I’m here. It’s because of you.” That may be true, but as Anna Wintour once said, "We all get dressed for Bill."
I had the chance to interview Richard Press before Bill Cunningham New York debuted last February. I thought I'd re-post it here.