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Bill Cunningham at Fashion Week photographed by Jiyang Chen (cropped)
Cunningham in May 2012

William John "Bill" Cunningham Jr. (March 13, 1929 – June 25, 2016) was an American fashion photographer for The New York Times. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Cunningham was known for his candid and street photography. He first became known as a designer of women's hats before moving on to writing about fashion for Women's Wear Daily and the Chicago Tribune. He began taking candid photographs on the streets of New York City. His work came to the attention of The New York Times with a 1978 capture of Greta Garbo in an unguarded moment. Cunningham reported for the paper from 1978 to 2016.

Cunningham died from complications of a stroke at a New York City hospital on June 25, 2016, aged 87.

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