Bill Cunningham, the legendary fashion photographer who shot street-style portraits for the New York Times for nearly 4 decades, died in New York on Saturday, just days after suffering a stroke. He was 87.
Cunningham, whose life and work were featured in the 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York, documented fashion on the streets of New York City with his camera, blue jacket, and bicycle.
His photos became a staple of the Times’ Sunday Styles section and made Cunningham incredibly influential in the world of fashion. He regularly rubbed shoulders with industry giants while remaining modest in his own personal life.
Cunningham is a fixture on the streets of New York; he’s been capturing great style for years. Yet it turns out that when the camera is flipped, the photos are equally as exciting. From that blue coat he’s been wearing for years to the precise way he’s able to get a shot, watching him can be just as — if not more — fun than watching what’s happening inside the tents.
“photography will never be the same.”