Motivational Quotes from Bill Cunningham

The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been, and always will be.

Bill Cunningham

I let the streets talk to me. The streets speak to you – how you find out what’s new, what people are wearing, what people aren’t wearing.

Bill Cunningham

I’m not interested in celebrities, with their free dresses. I’m interested in clothes.

Bill Cunningham

The main thing I love about street photography is that you find the answers you don’t see at the fashion shows. You find information for readers so they can visualize themselves.

Bill Cunningham

I don’t pay attention to celebrities. I don’t photograph them. They don’t dress so… interestingly. They have stylists. I prefer real women who have their own taste.

Bill Cunningham

I could never concentrate on Sunday church services because I’d be concentrating on women’s hats.

Bill Cunningham

Money’s the cheapest thing. Liberty and freedom is the most expensive.

Bill Cunningham

I go out every day. When I get depressed at the office, I go out, and as soon as I’m on the street and see people, I feel better. But I never go out with a preconceived idea. I let the street speak to me.

Bill Cunningham

The problem is I’m not a good photographer. To be perfectly honest, I’m too shy. Not aggressive enough. Well, I’m not aggressive at all. I just loved to see wonderfully dressed women, and I still do. That’s all there is to it.

Bill Cunningham

I started photographing people on the street during World War II. I used a little box Brownie. Nothing too expensive.

Bill Cunningham

I came to New York in 1948 at 19, after one term at Harvard. Well, Harvard wasn’t for me at all.

Bill Cunningham

I made hats until I went into the Army. I was drafted during the Korean War.

Bill Cunningham

Most of my pictures are never published. I just document things I think are important. For instance, I’ve documented the gay pride parade from its first days.

Bill Cunningham

I go to different places all the time. And I try to be as discreet as I can. My whole thing is to be invisible. You get more natural pictures that way, too.

Bill Cunningham

I’m really not good with money, and I don’t pay attention.

Bill Cunningham

Legacy? I’m a worker in the factory; all we care about is today! A legacy… what a bunch of baloney.

Bill Cunningham

I’m not interested in celebrity.

Bill Cunningham

If someone is wearing something terrific, that’s what I want to photograph.

Bill Cunningham

I just loved to see wonderfully dressed women, and I still do. That’s all there is to it.

Bill Cunningham

There’s nothing free. Stay independent and don’t fall.

Bill Cunningham

When I’m photographing, I look for the personal style with which something is worn – sometimes even how an umbrella is carried or how a coat is held closed.

Bill Cunningham

I had always been interested in fashion.

Bill Cunningham

My family all thought I was a little nuts.

Bill Cunningham

Everybody else does work – I have too much fun.

Bill Cunningham

I’m a zero.

Bill Cunningham

Women have always been a good influence on me.

Bill Cunningham

I took to New York life like a star shooting through the heavens.

Bill Cunningham

Fashion is a mirror, reflecting the culture.

Bill Cunningham