R.I.P. Bill Cunningham

26CUNNINGHAM-master768I became an avid New York Times reader in college and I still read it daily.  There are always two things that I have been addicted to in the Times….the daily crossword and On the Street by Bill Cunningham.

His eye for what is happening on the street and how that reflects what is happening be it the economy, politics, music etc is something he zeroed in on like nobody else.

I love this quote that was in his obituary today in the NYTimes.  “Fashion is as vital and as interesting today as ever. I know what people with a more formal attitude mean when they say they’re horrified by what they see on the street. But fashion is doing its job. It’s mirroring exactly our times.”

If you have not seen the documentary that came out in 2010, it is worth taking time out to see. He was truly an extraordinary man who made his impact on the world through a 35 millimeter camera.  He also lived his life the way he wanted to.  A truly humble man who just did what he loved.  My guess after watching the documentary and following him for decades that his impact will be much larger than he ever thought it would be.