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before street style bloggers there was…

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bill cunningham!

bill has been photographing street style since 1978. he is the main style photographer for the new york times and is, in fact, a legend. he got his big break when he luckily snapped a shot of greta garbo on the street, showed it to her, she loved it and thus started a new means of distributing fashion photography. here is a scan of the image that started it all:

bill stated, “the main thing i love about street photography is that you find the answers you don’t see at the fashion shows. this was something I realized early on: if you just cover the designers in the shows, that’s only one facet. you also need the street and the evening hours. if you cover the three things, you have the full picture of what people are wearing.”

this week a documentary will be released about Bill entitled, “Bill Cunningham New York” – all about his life as a street style photographer. watch the trailer here !

– smiley

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