On Saturday, news broke that beloved fashion photographer Bill Cunningham had passed away at the age of 87. A pioneer of what we now call street style photography, Cunningham documented the fashion on the streets of New York for almost half a century.
One of Cunningham’s old friends is also paying tribute, but in a slightly different way. Nick Nicholson, who knew the photographer for over 35 years, is campaigning to rename one of his favourite stakeouts (a corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue) “Bill Cunningham Corner”.
“It is the least we can do for Bill. He gave the city so much,” he told WWD. “Many of my European friends called to say, ‘He gave us a look of New York every week.’ Bill was such a champion of New York. We really have to do something for him.”
So, Nicolson has started a petition, which has already gained around 400 signatures, asking New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, to rename the corner. It’s thought that the mayor could be easily won over given his tweet (see below) earlier this week. Let’s hope so.