The street-life photographer chronicled style for more than 40 years at the Times.
“We have lost a legend,” publisher Arthur Sulzberger said in a statement, “and I am personally heartbroken to have lost a friend.”
The former fashion writer introduced Americans to designers Azzedine Alaïa and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
Cunningham is best known for photographing everyday New Yorkers on the street.
— real-life fashion stories with his photos, and his spirit will live forever in the industry. #RIPBillCunningham – a fashion icon
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) June 25, 2016
After snapping an image of Greta Garbo, he began publishing his popular street series in the Times in 1978.
Cunningham has worked for Tribune and Women’s Wear Daily.
Many members of the fashion community took to social media to pay tribute to the icon.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid recalled being “starstruck” on her first encounter with him. “I remember being almost starstruck the first time Bill Cunningham stepped in front of me w/ his camera on the street,” she tweeted. “He’s told incredible real-life fashion stories with his photos, and his spirit will live forever in the industry.”
C. Wonder creative director Brad Goreski called Cunningham a “legend” tweeting, “So sad to hear about Bill Cunningham passing away. He was a special man with a great talent and a love of all things fashion. A true legend.”
So sad to hear about Bill Cunningham passing away. He was a special man with a great talent and a love of all things fashion. A true legend.
— Brad Goreski (@mrbradgoreski) June 25, 2016