Remembering Bill Cunningham, the Godfather of Street-Style Photography

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Following the news of his hospitalization due to a stroke last week, legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham passed away this morning at the age of 87. Long before the reign of Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist and Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil, Cunningham had been snapping the stylish residents of New York City for over 40 years. Dubbed the “Godfather of street-style photography”, he once said, “The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.” We’ll fondly remember him on his bicycle with a Nikon camera strapped around his neck, sporting his signature outfit – a bright-blue jacket, khaki chinos, and a sweet smile.

Despite his legendary status, Cunningham was typically one to shy away from the spotlight, instead preferring to snap quietly on the street or from the front row. Today, Savoir Flair turns the lens on one of the most influential and beloved fixtures of the fashion industry, looking back at Bill Cunningham in action.

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