So sad. Legendary ‘New York Times’ photographer Bill Cunningham has died at the age of 87, just days after suffering a stroke. He will be so missed. Despite Bill no longer being with us, his iconic street-style photography will live on forever.
One of the world’s greatest fashion photographers has tragically passed away. Famed New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham died at the age of 87 on June 25. He had been hospitalized recently after suffering a stroke. With Bill’s death, it’s truly the end of an era in fashion photography. Iman, Marc Jacobs and more are mourning the death of their beloved Bill.
The New York Times confirmed Bill’s death on June 25. Bill was so beloved in the fashion world. He was best known for his street photography. Bill had documented fashion for NYT since the 1970s in his “On the Street” and “Evening Hours” columns. He could often be seen riding his bicycle down the streets of New York to events. He was truly one of a kind. Hollywood and the fashion world are devastated over Bill’s death. See tweets below.
— Iman Abdulmajid (@The_Real_IMAN) June 25, 2016
RIP Bill Cunningham, the #legend and OG street style photographer. We will always remember you by your passion in your photographs.. ❤️📸
— Martha Hunt (@iammarthahunt) June 25, 2016
— Mr. Kenneth Cole (@mr_kennethcole) June 25, 2016
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) June 25, 2016
Saw Bill out and about doing his thing for the first time when I was 7- I didn't know who he was but I knew he made everyone important stop and adjust. It was the exact same vibe when I saw him a month ago, fancy people suddenly unsure in the presence of this special eccentric. He was powerful but he was gentle and kind. He had vision and he will be missed. Drawing by @joanaavillez 🍎
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“His company was sought after by the fashion world’s rich and powerful, yet he remained one of the kindest, most gentle and humble people I have ever met,” Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., the Times’ publisher and chairman, said in a statement. “We have lost a legend, and I am personally heartbroken to have lost a friend.”
Bill had been hospitalized a week before his death due to a stroke. For the first time in decades, the June 19 edition of the New York Times didn’t feature any photographs by Bill.
Bill was never focused on anything other than photography. He never wanted to be a celebrity. He loved being behind the lens. He told our sister site Women’s Wear Daily in 2008 that he didn’t like the spotlight, he preferred to be “invisible.”
“I’m not interested in celebrities with their free dresses,” Bill said, after receiving France’s L’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres in 2008. “Look at the clothes, the cut, the silhouette, the color. It’s the clothes. Not the celebrity and not the spectacle.”
Bill was the subject of 2010 documentary film, Bill Cunningham New York. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour summed up Bill’s greatness in just a few words: “I’ve said many times, we all get dressed for Bill.”
HollywoodLifers, send your condolences to Bill’s family and friends below.