William John “Bill” Cunningham Jr. was born on March 13, 1929, and died on June 25, 2016.
He was an American fashion photographer for The New York Times.
Bill was known for his candid and street photography.
He was a dropout from Harvard University.
Cunningham first became known as a designer of women’s hats before moving on to writing about fashion for Women’s Wear Daily and the Chicago Tribune.
Bill started out taking candid photographs on the streets of New York City, and his work came to the attention of The New York Times with a 1978 capture of Greta Garbo in an unguarded moment.
His columns in the Times, On the Street and Evening Hours ran in the paper from 1978 to 2016.
During 1983 the Council of Fashion Designers of America named Cunningham the outstanding photographer of the year, and in 2008 he was awarded the Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
He was hospitalized for a stroke in New York city in June 2016, and died soon after.
Bill Cunningham passed away at 87 yrs old.