Man On The Street - Bill Cunningham
American photographer fascinated by the street culture and fashion of New York, passes away at the age of 87 this Saturday.
The fashion world lost it's legendary octogenarian photographer, Bill Cunningham, who's been snapping stylish dressers for the past half a century. He captured a wide range of liberal fashion movements but never forgot to be inclusive. He popularised street style on the New York Time column titled "On The Street."
Writing for Times for 40 years, he was best known for capturing the changing fashion trends of New Yorkers from all walks of life. Mr. Cunningham then became legendary by his own standards, easily recognisable from his khaki, signature french jacket and his famous bicycle.
His death was confirmed by The Times. He had been hospitalised recently after having a stroke.
Mr. Cunningham was such a singular presence in the city that, in 2009, he was designated a living landmark. And he was an easy one to spot, riding his bicycle through Midtown, where he did most of his field work: his bony-thin frame draped in his utilitarian blue French worker's jacket, khaki pants and black sneakers, with his 35-millimeter camera slung around his neck, ever at the ready for the next fashion statement to come around the corner.
In his nearly 40 years working for The Times, Mr. Cunningham snapped away at changing dress habits to chart the broader shift away from formality and toward something more diffuse and individualistic. In the process, he turned into something of a celebrity himself.
In 2008, Mr. Cunningham went to Paris, where the French government bestowed the Legion of Honour on him. In New York, he was celebrated at Bergdorf Goodman, where a life-size mannequin of him was installed in the window.