Rihanna, Josh Groban and More Mourn Legendary Street Style Photographer Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham in 2015
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Bill Cunningham is seen outside Skylight Clarkson Sq during New York Fashion Week: Men's S/S 2016 on July 15, 2015 in New York City. 

Legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham died Saturday (June 25) at age 87 after almost four decades at the newspaper. Known as the inventor of street style photography, Cunningham helped democratize fashion by paying attention to both the streets and the runway. Over the weekend, musicians from Rihanna to Josh Groban took to social media to pay tribute to the iconic figure.

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Victoria Justice:


I was so sad yesterday to hear of the passing of the legendary, Bill Cunningham. Here's a little story... I watched a documentary about this iconic NY street style photographer, called "Bill Cunningham New York" last year (a must see if you're into fashion, btw). I was so taken by this sweet man & his commitment to his art... you can't help but fall in love with him. All I could think after watching was, I want to be photographed by Bill! How cool would that be?! A few months later I was in NYC for fashion week. I stepped out of my car at the DVF show & photographers started snapping shots. I was so distracted by what was happening in front of me, that I didn't realize there was a familiar face in a familiar blue jacket taking pictures to my left. My stylist Madison (who is equally obsessed with Bill) gets my attention amidst the chaos & points at sweet Bill. What happened next was completely unexpected. I saw him, freaked out & excitedly screamed "BILLLL!!!". I'm pretty sure I startled him & he shyly smiled & took some pictures of me. A wave of emotion came over me & I started to cry. I tried to hide my tears of joy as I posed for a few more shots, hoping that people wouldn't notice. I made my way over to Bill & told him how much I loved him & asked for a picture. He was so adorable & kind & gentle. #RIP #BillCunningham It was an honor to have met you & to have been photographed by you. I hope wherever you are, you still have that camera of yours. --------

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Josh Groban:

Mark Ronson:

John Lurie:


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