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Hollywood and the Fashion World Mourn Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham

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Bill Cunningham

Designers, models and New York Times colleagues pay tribute to the late photographer.

Bill Cunningham, longtime photographer for The New York Times, died Saturday in New York. He was 87. 

The fashion photographer was hospitalized Thursday after suffering from a stroke. Cunningham began publishing a regular series of street-style photographs after a chance photograph of Greta Garbo got the attention of the Times in the 1970s. 

The veteran photog was the star subject in the documentary Bill Cunningham New York, which followed the artist around the Big Apple as he photographed everyday people in Manhattan.

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said of Cunningham 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."

Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher for the Times, said of Cunningham: "Bill was an extraordinary person with an incredible talent not just for fashion photography but for life. We have lost a legend and I am personally heartbroken to have lost a friend.”

Below are more reactions from Hollywood, Cunningham's colleagues and the fashion world. 

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