A beloved fashion photographer for The New York Times, the inventor of street style photography and the original fashion blogger passed away a couple of months ago leaving fashion world heartbroken. Everyone stopped for Bill Cunningham, an unassuming man on a bike riding through the crowded streets of the Big Apple. Wearing his workday uniform, a smock-like French “chore jacket” picked up at a bargain price from Paris market, khakis and black sneakers, he pedaled around Manhattan for the past four decades, finding fashion wherever he looked. With a 35mm Nikon camera around his neck, he captured some of the greatest fashion moments and witnessed constant changes in the fashion industry.
Bill is mourned by everyone who ever read his New York Times column, met him in the documentary “Bill Cunningham New York” (a film by Richard Press) or looked carefully while on the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue (his favorite street-fashion spot), hoping to catch a flash of blue.
“We all dress for Bill.” (Anna Wintour)
This fashion season, editors, designers, bloggers and fashion lovers still dress for Bill. Once stating that “the best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.”, he thought us that we don’t need a runway to make a statement in the fashion world. Bill was a one-of-a-kind journalist, photographer and a human being. He will be dearly missed for many decades to come.
Thank you for sharing your positivity, kindness and talent. I know I will cherish your work forever.
(source: The New York Times)