RIP Bill Cunningham

The New York Times reports that Bill Cunningham, the paper’s beloved social photographer of nearly 40 years, has died at the age of 87. He was hospitalized on June 23 after suffering a stroke. His last spread appeared in the Times on June 12.



Famed for biking to events around the city and forever sporting a bright blue jacket, Cunningham starred in the 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York. A reluctant subject, he was shown going about his normal routine, capturing high society and street style alike, while returning to a self-imposed Luddite’s existence at the Carnegie Hall building.

“Fashion is as vital and as interesting today as ever,” he wrote in The New York Times in 2002. “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.”

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