MY PERSONAL COMMUNION OF SAINTS: BILL CUNNINGHAM

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

What does living out the Gospels look like as an attraction? To whom could we point a contemporary seeker, convinced that the Church is rigid, constraining, bloodless? To me, Bill Cunningham (of whom I’ve written here before) is a modern day saint: in his  understated way, a man who was utterly faithful to the teachings of Christ, utterly a servant, and utterly unique.

Cunningham (1929-2016), the subject of the 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York, was a fashion photographer—or, as he preferred, “fashion historian”—who for decades was a fixture in the New York Times.

“Evening Hours” covered NYC’s social, philanthropic, and political glitterati. “On the Street” celebrated the whole glorious spectrum of his beloved Manhattan. “The best fashion show is definitely on the street…It’s always the hope that you’ll see some marvelous exotic bird-of-paradise.”

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2 Replies to “MY PERSONAL COMMUNION OF SAINTS: BILL CUNNINGHAM”

  1. What a beautiful piece and tribute to Bill Cunningham. I remember when he took pictures for the early incarnation of Details magazine. And, of course, his columns for the NY Times (remember when the Sunday Times weighed a million pounds and could be used as a doorstop?) I enjoy so much reading about your personal communion of saints!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thanks, David, I have a whole slew of them but Bill Cunningham is way up there–he brought the light of Christ to the world as a layperson–not by proclaiming himself, nor by telling everyone else how wrong they were, but by joyfully living out his vocation in a way that was a unique mystery….

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