(AWESOME Illustration by Deer Dana. deerdana.com)
Bill Cunningham is the OG of street style photography. He's best known for his "On the Streets With Bill Cunningham" videos for the NY Times. Bill dropped out of Harvard University in 1948 and moved to NY where he worked in advertising, until he quit to serve in the Korean War... when he returned he got a job writing for the Chicago Tribune + working for Women's Wear Daily. During his time as a writer, he contributed significantly to fashion journalism + began taking photographs of street style in NY. His photo of Greta Garbo got him the regular gig with the Times in 1978. Designer Oscar de la Renta has said, "More than anyone else in the city, he has the whole visual history of the last 40 or 50 years of NY. It's the total scope of fashion in the life of NY." Bill can be seen in his rad blue jacket, wearing a camera around his neck, and riding a bicycle. He's a personal inspiration.
Watch him do his thing: nytimes.com/style/on-the-street