One of the most influential and iconic street photographers to date and a beloved fixture in the streets of New York, Bill Cunningham sadly passed away on Saturday 26th, leaving the world mourning his sunny smile and ability to capture the ever changing social and cultural plight of everyday people.
A self-taught observer of the street, Bill expertly documented and instilled influence in the stylish, overtly flamboyant, kitsch and eclectic fashion in the streets of New York. He had an ability to capture the public’s plight, their busy lives and reflective style in a way that turned the fashion industry around.
Bill Cunningham was hailed the ‘Father of Street Style’. He was an unintentional celebrity whom influenced top end designers and fashion editors with the click of a button, capturing the beautiful realness of everyday people and their unique style, the true innovators as he saw them. Even Anna Wintour has commented, “we all get dressed for Bill”.
Cutting an unobtrusive figure, Bill cycled the streets day in and day out in his signature blue French worker jacket, khaki pants and black sneakers as he captured everyday moments, creating his own photographic anthropology of New York. As the tributes flood in on social media, it’s clear it was also Bill’s attitude, outlook and permanent smile that influenced people almost as much as his photographs.
We’ve compiled some of Bill’s best quotes, moments and images as shared from people all around the world.