Por Gabilú Mireles– En las calles de Nueva York, durante Fashion Week y el resto de las semanas del año, se veía pasar a un hombre de pelo blanco, chamarra azul y cámara en cuello, siempre arriba de una bicicleta.
Con una sonrisa, se detenía en plena calle y con su lente capturaba -cual antropólogo recabando información en una jungla de concreto- los atuendos más extravagantes, elegantes y representativos de una temporada o hasta de una generación.
Él era Bill Cunningham, el pionero de la fotografía de street style, colaborador y columnista por más de 40 años en la sección de moda del New York Times y favorito de los famosos por su espíritu amable y actitud caballerosa.
Cunningham falleció este pasado sábado en Manhattan a los 87 años, tras haber sido hospitalizado días antes por un infarto.
Con su partida, las industria de la moda y Hollywood rinden tributo a su trayectoria a través de sus redes sociales.
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ALL HAIL BILL CUNNINGHAM! He was a legend. One of a kind. Beyond special and unique. Watch BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK, the incredible documentary on his life. Every time I would see him at an event with his camera I would watch him and marvel. He put so many beautiful images into the world and saw people and fashion in a way that will always be iconic to him.
I remember being almost starstruck the first time Bill stepped in front of me with his camera on the street. I was honored. He’s told incredible, iconic, real-life fashion stories with his photos, and his spirit will live forever in the industry. #RIPBillCunningham – a fashion icon
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I was so sad yesterday to hear of the passing of the legendary, Bill Cunningham. Here’s a little story… I watched a documentary about this iconic NY street style photographer, called «Bill Cunningham New York» last year (a must see if you’re into fashion, btw). I was so taken by this sweet man & his commitment to his art… you can’t help but fall in love with him. All I could think after watching was, I want to be photographed by Bill! How cool would that be?! A few months later I was in NYC for fashion week. I stepped out of my car at the DVF show & photographers started snapping shots. I was so distracted by what was happening in front of me, that I didn’t realize there was a familiar face in a familiar blue jacket taking pictures to my left. My stylist Madison (who is equally obsessed with Bill) gets my attention amidst the chaos & points at sweet Bill. What happened next was completely unexpected. I saw him, freaked out & excitedly screamed «BILLLL!!!». I’m pretty sure I startled him & he shyly smiled & took some pictures of me. A wave of emotion came over me & I started to cry. I tried to hide my tears of joy as I posed for a few more shots, hoping that people wouldn’t notice. I made my way over to Bill & told him how much I loved him & asked for a picture. He was so adorable & kind & gentle. #RIP #BillCunningham It was an honor to have met you & to have been photographed by you. I hope wherever you are, you still have that camera of yours. ????
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