BILL CUNNINGHAM 📷 1929 - 2016

  1. An amazing man who contributed to street photograph in the most incredible way has left us.
    He was a staple on the NYC streets and NY fashion scene.
  2. If you have not heard of him, I advise watching this beautiful documentary on him.
    Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
  3. Bill briefly went to Harvard but dropped out and moved to New York at 19.
  4. He became a milliner and made hats under the name 'William J'.
  5. He was drafted and served in the US Army during the Korean War.
  6. When he returned he wrote for 'Women Wear Daily' and 'Chicago Tribune'.
    He contributed significantly to fashion journalism.
  7. He first publish his photographs in 'The Times' in Dec 1978.
    This eventually became the regular 'On the Street' @nytimes which has been published for over 40 years.
  8. Bill likes to get around NY on his bike.
    I was fortunate enough to have spotted him zip pass me when I was in NY and I couldn't have felt more joy.
  9. He is well known for his staple attire.
    The classic French workman’s jacket.
  10. He ate breakfast nearly every day at the Stage Star Deli on West 55th Street.
  11. Until 2010, Bill lived in a studio above Carnegie Hall.
  12. New York Landmarks Conservancy made him a living landmark in 2009.
  13. His editor at The Times, Arthur Gelb on publishing Bill's photographs
    "A turning point for the Times, because it was the first time the paper had run pictures of well-known people without getting their permission."
  14. Anna Wintour on Bill
    "I have said many times that we all get dressed for Bill..."
  15. Designer, Oscar de la Renta on Bill
    "More than anyone else in the city, he has the whole visual history of the last 40 or 50 years of New York. It's the total scope of fashion in the life of New York."
  16. Bill loved photographing fashion eccentrics these were some:
    Shail Upadhya, Nepalese diplomat
  17. Iris Apfel, socialite
  18. Louise Dokto, executive secretary
  19. Some Bill quotes:
    "You see if you don't take money, they can't tell you what to do, kid."
  20. "Money’s the cheapest thing. Liberty and freedom is the most expensive.”
  21. "Fashion is as vital and as interesting today as ever. I know what people with a more formal attitude mean when they say they’re horrified by what they see on the street. But fashion is doing its job. It’s mirroring exactly our times."
  22. Do read this wonderful article in his own words 'Bill Cunningham on Bill Cunningham'
  23. Bill, you will be missed.
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