I watched this on Sky Arts. I am a semi-pro photographer but don't do fashion and I've never been to New York.
In this hyper digital age, seeing an elderly gentleman, in a disposable rain mac and getting about on an old bicycle shooting anybody and anything that goes by him on the streets of New York is truly amazing and inspiring. He then chains up his bike outside the New York Times swanky offices and unloads Fuji FILM! On the phone, he says only that he is the old man on the bike (to the developing lab, an ordinary store, down-town somewhere) and can someone called (Christian name, I forget) will pick up his prints?
Understatement is his key. He is chatty and engaging and has his own opinions as to how his piece in the paper should look. He lives in a tiny apartment that is part of the artist's studios connected to Carnegie Hall - it's full of boxes of negatives, floor to ceiling - and the entire block of tenants have to move. "A Kitchen, a bathroom?! Who wants to bother with that? I just want to be out taking pictures!".
As you can imagine a whole host of hyper colourful characters, who've either been his subjects or know of him add to the kaleidoscopic mix of contributors. It culminates with him covering the Paris fashion show, where he sits alongside the catwalk like an excited child, amongst all the young, beautiful and artificial people, still dressed in his blue anorak!
The best thing about this docu is that you definitely don't need to know about photography OR fashion. The human character here is the subject and it is all fascinating. For those of us who might be interested in anything more than this, it's a double delight.