The Man On the Bike: Remembering Bill Cunningham
New York lost one of its finest this past week. Photographer extraordinaire, Bill Cunningham, passed away. Bill was a fixture in the city, especially in Midtown. He was more than a photographer - a New York curator of culture would be a more apt title. We spotted him over the years pedaling his bike, with great gusto, around Columbus Circle. Sometimes all you would see was a blur, his blue smock flapping in the city breeze, like a peacock strutting in splendor. He would often leap off the bike to capture a shoe, hat or outfit as it whirred by him. (New Yorkers walk fast, but pose obediently and enthusiastically when a lens is pointed their way.) One time, we followed Bill for 20 minutes to see what he snapped. Another time we garnered a smile as he assessed our leopard sneaker and leopard bag combo, but alas, no photograph. We didn't care, it was just thrilling to be so close to him as he evaluated the Central Park fashion atop his bike throne. His commentary on his NY Times "On the Street" pieces were witty, insightful and inclusive. If this is the first time you are learning about this wonderful man you should immediately watch Bill Cunningham New York. Tributes to him have been pouring in. Our favorite is by Hilton Als from the New Yorker. Bill did indeed see us all. And how lucky we are for that delightful fact. We will truly miss seeing him around the city. And, so we say à bientôt Bill...a true legend.
Picture Credit: Style Me Maeve