Bill Cunningham, a photographer who spent the better part of 40 years shooting on-the-street photography for The New York Times, has died following a stroke he suffered earlier this week. He was 87.
Cunningham's death was confirmed by the paper, which remembered him as a unique contributor for his disdain for press and money, and his love of capturing photos of real people rocking outfits they'd put together themselves.
While he did shoot famous fashionistas and celebrities, Cunningham steadfastly steered clear of big events with stars in free gowns.
Cunningham's life and work was explored in the acclaimed 2010 documentary "Bill Cunningham New York." In the film, Cunningham explained his philosophy by saying, "I don’t decide anything — I let the street speak to me, and in order for the street to speak to you, you’ve got to stay out there and see what it is."