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NYC street corner named for photographer Bill Cunningham

New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, who

New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, who died last month, was remembered on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at a street corner naming ceremony at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Credit: Charles Eckert

Colleagues of the late Bill Cunningham, the celebrated New York Times fashion photographer who died last month, joined New York City officials Wednesday in a ceremony to temporarily name a midtown street corner for him.

Before the unveiling of a sign that designates the northeast corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue as Bill Cunningham Corner, the city’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, commended the street photographer for capturing both haute couture and everyday New Yorkers.

His body of work “democratized the concept of beauty and style,” she said.

The intersection was one of Cunningham’s favorite spots, and he could be found there most mornings in his blue workman’s jacket snapping shots of passers-by.

Cunningham died June 25 at age 87 after suffering a stroke.

The sign is to serve as a temporary tribute until the city finds a more permanent way to commemorate him, officials said.

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