Editta Sherman on the Subway

About Bill Cunningham

Legendary and singular, photographer Bill Cunningham has been chronicling what people wear in daily life and at high-society soirees, principally in New York City, for nearly 50 years. On his bike, outfitted in his blue workman’s smock and carrying his battered, film-based Nikon camera, he is a familiar figure on the streets of New York. Celebrating creativity and spotting trends, often before anyone else, he maintains two long-running columns in the New York Times: “On the Street,” focused on street fashion, and “Evening Hours,” focused on the gala and benefit scenes. He was recently the subject of a documentary, Bill Cunningham: New York (2010), in which he summed up his approach with characteristic modesty: “I don’t decide anything. I let the street speak to me, and in order for the street to speak to you, you’ve got to stay out there and see what it is.”

American, b. 1929, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

Bill Cunningham: Façades, New York Historical Society, New York