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Legendary Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham Dies at 87

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The beloved New York Times icon suffered a stroke last week.

The New York Times' legendary fashion photographer Bill Cunnigham, 87, died on Saturday.

Cunningham had been hospitalized recently after suffering a stroke.

Always wearing a blue worker's jacket and riding his bicycle, his Nikon camera around the neck, the photographer worked for the New York Times for nearly 40 years, documenting the city's fashion trends on the streets and at exclusive events.

In 2008, Cunningham received the Legion of Honor, the highest cultural honor in France.

A year later, in 2009, the New York Landmarks Conservancy officially made him a living landmark.

Although he wasn't openly gay, Cunningham talked about his sexuality in the 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York, which turned him into a household name -- to his inconvenience.

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Cunnigham had no desire to be famous. He simply liked dresses, and with the rigor of an art historian, he observed and chronicled our ever-changing sartorial moods. His fans in the fashion industry will miss him.

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