Bill Cunningham, the pioneering street-style photographer, beloved for his kind demeanor and sharp eye for style, passed away in New York City at the age of 87.

“He occupied a unique place in the fashion firmament,” said Simon Doonan, Barneys New York’s Creative Ambassador-at-Large. “He was a humble guy with an encyclopedic knowledge of La Mode. Irreplaceable.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 17: Photographer Bill Cunningham attends as Barneys New York celebrates its new downtown flagship in New York City on March 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Bill Cunningham attends Barneys New York’s new Downtown flagship on March 17, 2016.

While he always shied away from the spotlight, his four decades-long contribution as a chronicler of fashion from the streets of New York City and beyond for the New York Times, made him well-known and loved by all. He was bestowed with the Legion d’Honneur by France, was named a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and was documented in a feature-length film, “Bill Cunningham New York.” But none of these honors changed who was: a hard-working, curious, modest man. The world will miss Bill Cunningham dearly. Let us celebrate his work and life.

Fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, New York City, USA, 1994. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Bill Cunningham, New York City, 1994.

Looking back at Bill: New Yorkers share their memories of Bill with The Window on his 85th birthday.