On Saturday the world lost one of the most influential and beloved fashion photographers, Bill Cunningham. Infamously known for his “On the Street” column in The New York Times, Cunningham brought street style fashion into the spotlight. Cunningham had always adored fashion as he was a former milliner and when he began fashion reporting he also began photography. Capturing moments of random New Yorkers as well as fashionable people, Cunningham was usually spotted riding his bike or pitched up in his workman’s jacket on busy upscale corners of the city. We say goodbye to the father of street style through quotes and photos from some of his muses and friends.
“I personally mourn the death of the unique New Yorker, Bill Cunningham. He was a great photographer, artist, and a faithful friend to the fashion world. The city won’t be the same without him.” – Carolina Herrera
“Without the great photographer Bill Cunningham, there would be no street style. Talent, taste, and kindness in abundance!” – Michael Kors
“A legend and an inspiration to generations, from behind his ever-ready lens, Bill’s calculating eye and warm smile captured the life, times, and trends that defined us. Humble, sincere, enormously dedicated to his craft, Bill never took center stage letting his subject be the star. A fixture at Fifth and 57th, he was the Mayor of Manhattan with a nod and a hello. It’s hard to imagine the Sunday morning Times without him.” – Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus Senior Vice President & Fashion Director
Quotes from Bill Cunningham
“I could never concentrate on Sunday church services because I’d be concentrating on women’s hats.”
“The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.”
“The main thing I love about street photography is that you find the answers you don’t see at the fashion shows. You find information for readers so they can visualise themselves.”