'Who will we dress for, now?' Fashion photographer Bill Cunningham dies
Cunningham was a street life photographer; a cultural anthropologist; a fixture at fashion events; and a celebrity in spite of his desire to keep the camera focused on others, not himself. "My whole thing is to be invisible. You get more natural pictures that way, too," Cunningham wrote in 2002. He summed up his approach this way: "I let the street speak to me." Many readers of the Times loyally flipped open the Styles section every Sunday to see what Cunningham was seeing all around the city. His death, several days after suffering a stroke, was announced by The Times, where he worked for almost four decades. The newspaper's publisher Arthur Sulzberger said in a statement, "We have lost a legend, and I am personally heartbroken to have lost a friend."