Quotable: Bill Cunningham

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a person more incandescently delighted with his own life than fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, the charmingly eccentric figure profiled in Richard Press’s 2010 documentary.

Cunningham has worked for The New York Times since the late ’70s – and he appears to have ushered in a new era for the Gray Lady of taking photographs of celebrities without their permission – but he refused to take money from Details magazine on the argument that he was more free without it. Today’s voluntarily unpaid and underpaid workers may share his sentiment. From his own lips:

You see if you can’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do, kid. That’s the key to the whole thing. Don’t touch money. It’s the worst thing you can do.

When it comes to money, there’re really only two choices: Earn more or need less.

Image courtesy of Zeitgeist Films


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