Inspiration: Bill Cunningham
When Fashion Week commences along with the images of models, designers and the runway, there is always a huge focus on Street Style. The internet is still buzzing with images of street style from the recent Fashion Weeks around the globe and it got us thinking...
Thinking about that one man whose name is synonymous with street style photography, Bill Cunningham.
Bill Cunningham had been snapping shots of beautifully dressed, stylish individuals since the 70's and was a long-standing photographer at The New York Times. It all began with an Olympus Pen-D half-frame that Bill was given by a photographer called David Montgomery. Montgomery told him to, "Use it like a notebook," and that he did.
Sadly earlier this year, Bill passed away but last month his life was celebrated by over 1000 people, including Anna Wintour, Vera Wang and Grace Coddington at Carnegie Hall, NY. The attendees would have been the perfect subjects for the late photographer, as they showed respect by following the invite instruction "Dress for Bill."
We've been reflecting on the work of Bill Cunningham, there is no doubt that he is in our top 10 influential photographers. When you're lacking inspiration for your photography, look at Bill's work! When you're lacking ideas for what to wear, you'll find tonnes of fashion ideas in his images. And, most importantly when you need encouragement to pursue your life & career dreams, Bill Cunningham's story and images will remind you that it's possible! There are so many amazing shots, but for now, here are a few of our favourite Bill Cunningham photographs.
Image Credits: Bill Cunningham / The New York Times