The New York Times fashion photographer and “godfather” of street style Bill Cunningham died on June 25, at age 87, after suffering a stroke.
With a Schwinn and a Camera
For Cunningham his Schwinn bicycle was as much a part of his working kit as his camera. For decades he had been pedaling around Manhattan with his Nikon capturing unique style moments of New Yorkers fashion scene.
He started out as a designer of women’s hats before moving on to a career in writing about fashion for example for the Chicago Tribune. Soon after he began taking photographs on the streets of Manhattan he caught the attention of The New York Times with a 1978 capture of Greta Garbo. Bill Cunningham’s columns in the Times, On the Street and Evening Hours were an established part in the paper from 1978 to 2016.
In 2011 Bill Cunningham New York, a documentary about Bill Cunningham was released showing the photographer traveling through NYC on his Schwinn bicycle and living in a tiny apartment in the Carnegie Hall building.
Check out Bill Cunninghams art, work and photo collections here.