Newswire: R.I.P. Bill Cunningham, legendary New York Times photographer
As confirmed by The New York Times, iconic photographer Bill Cunningham—who The Times says “turned fashion photography into his own branch of cultural anthropology”—has died. Cunningham had suffered a stroke recently and was being hospitalized. He was 87.
Cunningham was born in Boston in 1929, and he attended Harvard University for a short time before dropping out and moving to New York. He jumped around to various different jobs and was eventually drafted into the Korean war. When he returned to the United States, he began covering fashion for publications like Women’s Wear Daily and the Chicago Tribune.
In the ‘70s, Cunningham began regularly contributing to The New York Times, revolutionizing photography for the paper at the time by snapping pictures of famous people without their permission. As the Times obit explains, he was offered several staff positions over the years, but he consistently turned them down …