The Tossed Photos of Bill Cunningham

A look at the photographs that almost made Bill’s column this year, explained by his longtime collaborator.

This year we lost a photo icon- Bill Cunningham passed in New York at age 87. Cunningham was often spotted on the streets, capturing whatever fashion silhouettes that excited him. Fashion magazines always counted on his coverage of events, his simple yet precise photos captured the essence of their parties. Fashion designers relied on his eyes to catch the latest trends. Cunningham preferred the real scene on the streets, “the best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.” He was a prolific shooter and was often times handing over too many photos to his editor.

 

The Tossed Photos of Bill Cunningham

 

The Tossed Photos of Bill Cunningham

 

The Tossed Photos of Bill Cunningham

 

The New York Times Production Artist, John Kurdewan, describes what it was like working with Cunningham,every Sunday we would start planning our course for the next week, like how many parties he had to go to (sometimes it was 15 or 16) and which charities he wanted to cover. I would tell him he had to start slowing down, but, of course, he never listened. I would download about 2,000 photos he shot each week. He would go out every day — rain, snow, sleet, hurricane (yes, he went out during Hurricane Sandy), heat wave or blizzard. He never took a vacation day and never called in sick. Once, he came in with a broken kneecap.”

 

The Tossed Photos of Bill Cunningham

 

The Tossed Photos of Bill Cunningham

 

The Tossed Photos of Bill Cunningham

 

The Tossed Photos of Bill Cunningham

 

 

Read the full article at: www.nytimes.com