The 87-year- old renowned New York Times Photographer suffered a stroke last week. He passed away this weekend. Bill Cunnigham who was the subject of the 2010 documentary Bill Cunnigham New York. The documentary was released on March 16, 2011. He was famously known for his street style photographs in the New York Times, the indefatigable Bill had a sharp sartorial eye, capturing many a stylish New Yorker on the street.
It shows Cunningham traveling through Manhattan by bicycle and living in a tiny apartment in the Carnegie Hall building. The apartment has no closet, kitchen, or private bathroom, and is filled with filing cabinets and boxes of his photographs. The documentary also details his philosophy on fashion, art, and photography, as well as observes his interactions with his subjects while taking photos.
During his years as a writer he contributed significantly to fashion journalism, introducing American audiences to Azzedine Alaïa and Jean-Paul Gaultier. While working at the Tribune and at Women’s Wear Daily he began taking photographs of fashion on the streets of New York.
Cunningham photographs people and the passing scene in the streets of Manhattan every day, focusing on their genuine usage of clothing to express personal style introducing us to what is known today as street style.