Legendary Times fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, dies at 87

Bill Cunningham photographed New York street fashion for four decades on his bicycle.

Written by Trusha Navalkar | New Delhi | Published:June 26, 2016 6:49 pm
Bill Cunningham, Bill Cunningham photographer, Bill Cunningham NYC, Bill Cunningham Times photographer, Bill Cunningham fashion photographer, New York City will direly miss this affable old man clad in a blue jacket with a camera slung around his neck. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

New York has lost its most faithful street-chronicler, photographer Bill Cunningham, who photographed New York street fashion for decades. He died on June 25, aged 87 after suffering a stroke.

Bill Cunningham — wearing his signature, blue French workman’s jacket — was a fixture on New York’s streets as he cycled around clicking pictures that appeared in Times’ fashion section titled “On the Street” and “Evening Hours”. Cunningham has snapped many revered fashion icons over his four-decade-long career, but everyone agrees it’s his documentation of the regular street fashion of New York — and his ability to spot a trend — that made him a legend. His passion for photography was such that Cunningham continued working and cycling through the streets of New York, his camera slung around his neck, well into his 80s.

Cunningham’s life and technique — and quirks — have been documented in a critically-acclaimed documentary titled ‘Bill Cunningham New York’, which released in 2010.

See Cunningham in action here:

Bill Cunningham, Bill Cunningham photographer, Bill Cunningham NYC, Bill Cunningham Times photographer, Bill Cunningham fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham through the years. (Source: workforbillc/Instagram) Bill Cunningham, Bill Cunningham photographer, Bill Cunningham NYC, Bill Cunningham Times photographer, Bill Cunningham fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham’s pure glee on assignment just proves how much he loved his work. (Source: workforbillc/Instagram) Bill Cunningham, Bill Cunningham photographer, Bill Cunningham NYC, Bill Cunningham Times photographer, Bill Cunningham fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham working over his photographs. (Source: workforbillc/Instagram) Bill Cunningham, Bill Cunningham photographer, Bill Cunningham NYC, Bill Cunningham Times photographer, Bill Cunningham fashion photographer, In conversation with Sarah J Kelly, director of Fashion Empire, after an Oscar de la Renta show. (Source: workforbillc/Instagram)

 

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