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Bill Cunningham dead: Lena Dunham, Gigi Hadid pay tribute

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Legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham died Saturday, the paper announced, at the age of 87.

Cunningham worked at the Times for nearly 40 years, taking photographs of New Yorkers in their natural habitat: the city’s bustling streets.

“He was a hugely ethical journalist. And he was incredibly open-minded about fashion,” New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said in a statement. “To see a Bill Cunningham street spread was to see all of New York. Young people. Brown people. People who spent fortunes on fashion and people who just had a strut and knew how to put an outfit together out of what they had and what they found.”

Numerous members of the Times family paid tribute to Cunningham, as did celebrities such as Lena Dunham and Gigi Hadid.

“Saw Bill out and about doing his thing for the first time when I was 7 — I didn’t know who he was but I knew he made everyone important stop and adjust,” Dunham wrote on Instagram. “It was the exact same vibe when I saw him a month ago, fancy people suddenly unsure in the presence of this special eccentric. He was powerful but he was gentle and kind. He had vision and he will be missed.”

See Dunham’s remembrance, along with many others, below.

 

 

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