New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham dead at 87

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The New York Times Photographer Bill Cunningham. (Getty Images)

The New York Times Photographer Bill Cunningham. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Legendary fashion photographer for The New York Times Bill Cunningham died Saturday.

The Times tweeted Saturday afternoon the passing of the street-style photographer who had been recently hospitalized after having a stroke.

Cunningham built a name for himself capturing and chronicling fashion trends for nearly 40 years in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.”

In the documentary film “Bill Cunningham New York,” Richard Press highlights Cunningham’s interest in individual flair and personal expression. He made his career out of unexpected photographs of celebrities and socialites throughout New York City.

“We all dress for Bill. You feel he’s the only one who notices or cares how you dress. I wonder if Bill will like this,” said Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour in a 2007 article. “He picks everything carefully, so you will look your best. He’s a very seductive guy.”

In 2009, Cunningham was named a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Cunningham was 87.

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