bill cunningham new york


Bill Cunningham has been photographing street style since 1978. He is the main style photographer for the New York Ttimes and is, in fact, a legend. He got his big break when he luckily snapped a shot of Greta Garbo on the street, showed it to her, she loved it and thus started a new means of distributing fashion photography. Here is a scan of the image that started it all.

This week a documentary will be released about Bill entitled, “Bill Cunningham New York” – all about his life as a street style photographer (trailer above – so stoked).

“The main thing I love about street photography is that you find the answers you don’t see at the fashion shows. This was something I realized early on: if you just cover the designers in the shows, that’s only one facet. You also need the street and the evening hours. if you cover the three things, you have the full picture of what people are wearing.” – Bill Cunningham

Source and Photos: Mr. Kate

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  1. He’s the icon! Now there are so many, but all street style photographers must credit Bill Cunningham. I hear the documentary film is a must see. Oh, I loved that he stayed so simply despite the fame. Incidentally, the folks in their line of duty aren’t the most practiced when it comes to themselves. For example, the makeup artist isn’t always done up and neither is the tailor and in this case, the street fashion photographer.

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