The world mourns the passing of Bill Cunningham


One of New York’s most famous fashion photographer died on June 25, 2016, at the age of 87 from the consequences of a stroke. This man recognized great fashion trends long before they made their way on the catwalks and on the covers of fashion magazines – he them in the streets of New York. Adverse circumstances were what he loved most.

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He took pictures of people in heavy rain, in towering snow and in thunderstorms, people who in spite of the weather were dressed in unusual and crazy ways.

This way he created exceptional fashion pictures, which stand out with their dynamics and their contradictions ! In the course of many years he supplied the New York Times with photos for the weekly street style photo column. Every week the highlights were selected by design experts and fans and highly anticipated.

Even as an elderly man the photographer jumped on his bike, equipped with two cameras, and shot the street style in the city he loved so much. His trademark was a blue jacket and a pair of beige khaki pants!

For many years he kept working on a photo series in which he wanted to document fashion history: “Just for fun,” he was quoted by the museum.

I’d like to finish this article with another of his quotes, which clearly shows what he thought about his work:

“The wider world perceives fashion as frivolity that should be done away with. The point is that fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you can do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization (…) The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.”

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