All images from John Kurdewan’s Instagram. Used with permission.
Bill Cunningham is one of the most iconic figures in our industry. A fashion photographer for the New York Times, he was best known for taking candid images of America’s best-dressed people. As with most successful photographers, there’s always a team behind them. John Kurdewan was both Bill’s close friend and production assistant at the New York Times. For Bill’s famous feature ‘On The Street’, John was right there beside him helping to put it all together. Their friendship and professional relationship lasted for over 20 years, until Bill’s passing in 2016. “We never had a single argument,” says John.
So what was life like working so close to one of the greatest photographers of a generation?