Tuesday, October 18, 2011

On the Street….Color Story, Paris

I never thought I’d have Bill Cunningham and George Cortina in the same fashion post, but here you go.


By the way – Bill Cunningham New York is now available through iTunes.   It’s a must-see.


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  1. paul gonzales

    October 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Love the blue!

  2. Johnny

    October 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Love especially the blue jacket in the second picture, it’s so bright it lightens up everything around it!


  3. anonymous

    October 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Watched “Bill Cunningham New York” last night on Netflix. I couldn’t decide if I was more blown away by his professionalism, integrity, work ethic or his fabulous zest for living. An original in a world of knock-offs.

  4. Emily

    October 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I think Bill Cunningham New York is still available on Netflix instant watch too!

  5. MstrdavidPOP

    October 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Love the blue hues, spectacular!



  6. *sP

    October 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Bill Cunningham! Such great work – the breadth of people he finds in NYC and his inclusive view are very much appreciated. As well, that he keeps it about documenting the moment and as a result giving us all a chronicle of history. There are some, like you who have joined these ranks and I hope that the practice continues.

  7. Kasidy *The Fresh Factor*

    October 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Love the shades of blue on both of these gentleman!


  8. S.

    October 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    The documentary on Bill Cunningham is such an incredible peek into the lives of an artist who has been sharing his creative eye for decades. This photo of him captures his humble spirit and classic, relaxed style. Love the blue!


  9. Lauren Helen

    October 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    LOVE the vivid blues! Fantastic shots!


  10. Edgar C

    October 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I just watched Bill Cunningham’s documentary. That man is a force of nature.

  11. Dominika

    October 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    amazing photos!

    Fashion Philosophy

  12. Edoardo

    October 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    That blue jacket is really really amazing!


  13. a norwegian

    October 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    This must be the most beautiful shade of blue, yes? I like the look of Bill Cunningham the most. He seems to be really enjoying himself.


  14. Adrien de Bontin

    October 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Scott –

    Did you see yourself in the documentary? 9 mins in.

    Best from Buenos Aires (where we met when you judged for the Fashion Edition event),


  15. Ryan Yacura

    October 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Wow, Cortina without a Cig… That’s weird!

  16. Margarita Tlacuilo

    October 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Bill Cunningham New York is a great documentary, really a must see. Now, I see New York and fashion through the lens of Bill Cunningham.

  17. alexander

    October 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    my impression following bcny: bc is the nicest man alive. what a sweet soul.

  18. THat guy

    October 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    You know Scott, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but you make a very quick cameo in the “Bill Cunningham” documentary.

  19. Cassandra

    October 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

  20. The life after

    October 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    They fit so damn good together! This is really a nice combo!


  21. Lauren

    October 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Wonderful photo of Mr. Cunningham in his trademark blue workshirt.

    The Styleseer

  22. Patrick Humphreys

    October 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Yes. Bill Cunningham’s great. Don’t be afraid of uniform. Don’t be afraid of pieces that are purely functional. How to be stylish: Learn who you are; understand your personality fully and wear clothes that reflect it. So long as you have taste, you’ll be stylish. Dress “boring”; wear the same thing everyday. Forget about “outfits”. If you’re comfortable with yourself, you’ll out-dress anyone.

  23. TorontoVerve

    October 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    George looks sharp.

    And yes, Bill Cunningham’s NY should not be missed if you’re a lover of street style.


  24. Très Awesome

    October 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Fabulous portrait of Bill. Nice work.

    Chicago Street Style РTr̬s Awesome

  25. Art & Thinking

    October 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    bill cunningham is an angel on earth. could have been a stand alone!

  26. nj

    October 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    i loved this doc on Bill C! so great to see his image on here. u r the best!

  27. mc

    October 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    i heart you bill!!!!

  28. Shervin Nassi

    October 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Love Bill SO much! the movie was brilliant! He’s a Fashion Monk!!


  29. anonymous

    October 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I saw “Bill Cunningham New York” a couple of days ago and by the end I realized I had been smiling through the whole movie. What an adorable man! Sunny disposition, strong convictions, humility, sense of humor, sense of self. He is my hero!

  30. Kate

    October 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm

  31. J Umm

    October 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    i love that you include a wide variety of people in your pic collection
    it really isn’t just about the young avant-garde style, but also about the mature classics!

  32. [email protected]

    October 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Bill Cunningham is such an inspiration………he exudes a good vibe even through a picture.


  33. Juanita

    October 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I see this shade of blue is your colour of the moment – it is fabulous. ‘Cerulean’ Blue’ and must dash out and find something in this colour over the next couple of weeks. It’s great with light colouring x

  34. ophelia

    October 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    The blue blazer is great!


  35. CBC

    October 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    what a sweet man BC He took my photo and it appeared on the cover of WWD I was wearing a Muglar mohair jacket that came to the top of my legs into jaggered points also on the sleeves. my tights were large fishnets made in Japan for Betsy Johnson and blk ankle boot with a very high heel…. that came from a shop in soho call Berkhart sunglassed and I have long dk hair,,,,,,,,

  36. Ciro

    October 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    George , you look amazing with this blue, ahahahaha….

  37. Angeles

    October 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Fabulous photos!
    And Bill Cunningham New York is a must see! Definitely….love his work…also yours!
    Kisses from Miami Beach!


  38. Fotautomat

    October 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Amazing colour – I love it on the workwear light jacket. Livens up the look.


  39. carole

    October 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Love Bill Cunningham. I had seen a screening of the documentary and it was and he is amazing.

  40. Aya

    October 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I LOVE BILL CUNNINGHAM!!! What a man.

  41. Martine

    October 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    George looks amazing as always. This really captured them both very well. And that blue just is so uplifting. The man who embodies functional clothing, and the man who embodies decorative clothing, both looking kind of great.

  42. Bambi

    October 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Last days to use this kind of jackets
    Summer is over and the cold is arriving to Europe

    Have a look to my blog, is worth

  43. talktomyshoes

    October 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Oh so very handsome!

  44. allen

    October 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    George has style, but Bill has staying power!
    Go Bill Go!!

  45. canvasofculture

    October 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    both pull the look off very well:) what a great smile in the first pic, he looks so happy!


  46. Charlotte

    October 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I recently watched Bill Cunningham New York and adored it. I look his article in the Times each week and I can’t get enough. It’s so great to know there are people like him in the world!


  47. Urja Dave

    October 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm


    Love Bill! his documentary is so moving.

  48. Marcel Da Chump

    October 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I grew up with Mr.Cunningham’s photography.

  49. sweetpea37

    October 18, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    What a gorgeous, genuine smile! I’m a softie for the happy oldies….simply a great shot!

  50. Bohemian Style

    October 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    The blue blazer is mad rad!


  51. Susan E

    October 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I love Bill Cunningham. He’s priceless. He’s one in a million. He’s unforgettable. Never change, Bill. But, you’ve changed me.

  52. sarah

    October 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I ♥ Bill Cunningham.

  53. Gloria Marie

    October 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Bill Cunningham New York was amazing. Watch it!

  54. Name*David W

    October 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    We saw Bill Cunningham, New York in the theater. When we walked out, smiling, my wife gushed, “That was the best movie I’ve ever seen!!” It is inspirational. So nice to see him here, still smiling and enjoying life.

    Thank you.

  55. The Foolish Aesthete

    October 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    So wonderful to see Bill Cunningham here. I still look at his weekly round ups in the NY Times, and did get to view the documentary film on him during a plane ride from NYC.

  56. Lid

    October 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Bill truly has a class of his own. He has proved it is possible to play a straight game.

  57. Ariel

    October 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    It looks like Bill has finally converted to digital!

  58. Sheila

    October 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I too have also recently watched the documentary on Bill Cunningham, and I believe he is one of my greatest role model! He has such a zest for life, and I wish to run into him one day! What a wonderful photo that captures his beautiful personality!

  59. Edward

    October 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    The blue blazer is fabulous , photos are amazing.

  60. miselle

    October 19, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Yay, It’s about time!

  61. Yulie

    October 19, 2011 at 12:33 am

    So great to see Bill shooting this PFW. Wishing him more weeks to come, decades at the very least. Thank you, Scott, for this bringing-us-back-home photo. Feels sooo good!

  62. catherine

    October 19, 2011 at 12:34 am

    legendary! i just recently saw his documentary. shocked/impressed at his devotion. looks like he’s gone digital now ;)

  63. Kacie @ A Collection of Passions

    October 19, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I can’t wait to watch it. I just love him and his work… the blue is gorgeous as well.


  64. Max

    October 19, 2011 at 1:38 am

    I love that blue.

    It’s the same blue as old TOYOTA FJ or 4Runners on Nantucket that have never left the island- the ones with residential permit stickers side by side across the bumpers dating back to the 70′s.

  65. objectif subjectif

    October 19, 2011 at 1:42 am

    great image captured here, bro! bill cunningham is rad.

  66. Thefashionalists

    October 19, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Scott, your pictures are so perfect.

    Love it.


  67. Dana

    October 19, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Bill is so adorable! And that movie truly is fantastic.

  68. CortinaFTW

    October 19, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Is there a blog dedicated to Cortina? This guy should just take a picture of how he looks every day and post it on his own blog. Don’t think it’s possible for him to dress poorly.

  69. Lori

    October 19, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Loving the blue <3

  70. The Clothierin

    October 19, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Bill Cunningham is a mirror of the New York. His great passion inspires me tremendously!!!
    A man who loves his work! Zero-commerce.
    This is a great rarity. Almost miracle in the material world!
    I love blue with beige. Immortal uniform well-behaved man ;)
    As you can see everyone wearing it with a totally different expression! ;))

    Greetings from Berlin

  71. Elitsa

    October 19, 2011 at 4:15 am

    It’s a shame the movie is only available to US iTunes users :(

  72. Hillary

    October 19, 2011 at 4:15 am

    I love that Bill Cunningham film. He seems so smart and so sweet and innocent at the same time. Love! Love! Love!


  73. Audrey

    October 19, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Fabulous photos!


  74. Kim Godschalk

    October 19, 2011 at 5:42 am

    It’s great, the color! :)


  75. Spirale Rouge

    October 19, 2011 at 5:54 am

    This is a great shot of Bill Cunningham’s. I am going to watch this documentary (Bill Cunningham New York).

  76. proletarian Great Gatsby

    October 19, 2011 at 6:09 am

    The one button blue jacket is SPLENDID.I like the idea of wearing the button lined

  77. debbie

    October 19, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Bill Cunningham is just the best. So humble and real. There will never be anyone to compare to him. Ever.

  78. Mr Kane

    October 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

    two differents styles! but just perfect! love the way the jackest speak for them selfs!!!
    great shots!

    JK | http://mrkanerule.blogspot.com

  79. Simone

    October 19, 2011 at 8:46 am

    La giacca, il colore sono magnifici

  80. María José

    October 19, 2011 at 9:21 am

    There’s something overwhelming about Bill. J’adore his azure jacket, here. :-) Can’t wait to see his film!


  81. Mary

    October 19, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Watching Bill Cunningham’s New York I was struck by the paradox of a spiritual person documenting the fleetingness of the material world. He really moved me with his lack of ego and uniqueness.

  82. Name*

    October 19, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Handsome man with handsome glasses!


  83. fabush.com

    October 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

    with the blue, you become young inside!

    visit my lifestyle blog!

  84. Dimitra

    October 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

    i love the pop of blue.


  85. Fashionthroughtravel

    October 19, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Bill Cunningham is such an inspiration! I saw him in Paris in March during fashion week and I couldn’t believe my eyes! Great photos!

  86. Annabelle

    October 19, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I Love You Bill Cunningham!!!!

  87. Ambyr

    October 19, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I’m loving all the bright blues. That second blazer is uh-mazing.


  88. Shaun Smylski

    October 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Coincidence, I just got my blue jacket yesterday. Too bad it’s nearly winter.

  89. Izzy D

    October 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    That’s so funny! I just watched it this morning. It inspired me very much– about going back to church/ synagogue (I’m half and half) and keeping my love of New York alive though it can be hard at times (as even Bill admits at the end of the film.) This is a wonderful photo of him! He’s like a kind of saint I think (as silly as that sounds). So simple, honest with all the lines of kindness, wit and geniality etched on his face…that’s what he makes me think of.


  90. Pam

    October 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    George! I love George……ALWAYS stylish!

  91. marc

    October 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Is bill sporting a DSLR? Or is it a film camera?

  92. une chatte grise

    October 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Mr. Cunningham’s smile reflects the delight he finds in the world around him. How lucky we are that he’s made a career of sharing it.

  93. jmc

    October 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    i have a lot of love for this post. is this bill’s first appearance on the sartorialist?

  94. jen

    October 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Funny, the vibes of these two guys are so different. Bill is so zen and the other dude looks dangerous.

  95. Meredith

    October 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I’m fascinated by Mr. Cunningham’s small camera and his camera bag stuffed with stuff. I feel like I can relate to him.

    - Meredith

  96. melissa

    October 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Hey, I’m sure that one of these men, and I will let you guess which one, has a little more on his mind then photographing women……

    Bill is a lazar beam…….


  97. William Kuhn

    October 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I so love the film about Bill Cunningham. As the Sartorialist does some of the same thing as he does, but quite differently, it would be interesting to have you comment at greater length on his work, his influence, the way you two see the world differently and the same. Jackie Onassis would have commissioned a book from you on this subject. :) If you don’t believe me see the stuff on fashion and fashion history in Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books.

  98. Tracy

    October 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Oh! I adore Bill Cunningham! I love his appreciation for LIFE, for street fashion, for beauty in all shapes and sizes and colors… and the fact that he’s not a kiss-ass or a glad hand. He is SO refreshing! And the blue on both gents is fabulous.

  99. LatteLisa

    October 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Bill Cunningham on your blog … what a treasure!
    Now my heart is really happy ;-)

  100. Nguyen Amy

    October 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I think Bill is the best ever. I hope the same for you.

    In the documentary (i’m not sure about it) but maybe for a second, we can see you on the street taking a picture of a girl who is walking along…

  101. flysongbird

    October 19, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    bill cunningham is an idol!!!!

  102. Fred Gonsowski

    October 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    We were TWICE in Bill’s Sunday Style Section of the New York Times. Both times it was for the Preservation Society of Newport County, their Bal Blanc and the Chinese Ball. The first time we made the paper, a friend called and said we were photographed by Bill. Do you know how hard it is to get a New York Times, at 3PM on a Sunday afternoon??!!

  103. Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic

    October 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I watched the movie a few times!
    Bill is the first one in the business,
    although he doesn’t see it as a business.
    Great man!
    Ljerka Susanna Lukic,

  104. Lauren

    October 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Whenever I see Bill, I am happy.

  105. LittleFashionisto

    October 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    How inspiring!.

    Bill C. and his trademark Blue jacket. so it’s true he’s shooting in digital now ;)


  106. Anindya

    October 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Aww.. Bill Cunningham! He and his blue shirt. Such a great movie. And great inspiration. He’s my one of role models to live and love my passion.
    And I thought I saw you in the movie, Mr Schuman. You took a picture of a lady who walked across the street right before Mr Cunningham did. Am I right?

  107. grant

    October 20, 2011 at 12:09 am

    A couple months ago I was riding my bike down 5th ave. and rode next to Bill for a couple blocks. We said hello and chatted a bit about bike riding and the weather. I commented how much I enjoyed his movie. He said he hadn’t seen it yet because he was too embarrassed. How’s that for honest humility.

  108. Tom

    October 20, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Interesting to see Bill is shooting digital these days, must have put up a fight against a bigger DSLR though! Love the comparison, well spotted…

  109. Aloysius

    October 20, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Mr Cortina features in various posts of this blog. I’ve tried so many times to force myself to like his outfits, but he looks positively sinister every single time and tends to annul every beautiful clothing he wears. Non posing and smiling for me does the trick. What’s the point of being considered a fashion icon and look morose? On the other hand Mr Cunningham, despite his years, is a sheer joy and pleasure.

  110. adam

    October 20, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Watched the Bill Cunningham documentary over the weekend. Absolutley love Bill and Edita! Nice to see he’s getting the credit he deserves and the Father of Street Style photography!


  111. Annabella

    October 20, 2011 at 5:18 am

    2 true blues!

    You both look swell in your beautiful blues.

    I’ll just bet, like us, they are both huge fans of the other.

    Neat idea to put these style icons in same breath.

  112. Name*

    October 20, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Just perfect

  113. berenger

    October 20, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Shouldn’t these two be in the ‘older men’ category, just as the style genius who follows them is in the ‘older woman’ category?

  114. Elitsa

    October 20, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I just saw the movie. I am East-European, and would have never known anything about Bill Cunningham if it weren’t for this post, Scot, but I must say that was one of the most sincere and beautiful films I have ever seen. Living where I live, one could not even conceptualize the existence of a person like Bill. The purity, honesty, complete and total devotion to one craft. It was amazing. I feel so humbled by what I just saw.

  115. IS THIS IT? models review

    October 20, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Awww, what a smile… :)


  116. clarity enhanced diamonds

    October 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I love the colors…. wonderful!

  117. Karen.in.CT

    October 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Catching up …. I absolutely loved the movie … he is so incredibly special … I work across the street from Carnegie Hall and can’t believe I never saw him … they are now rebuilding the space where those old apts/offices were … went on all summer and shows no signs of stopping soon. Great pic of him.

  118. K.C. in Tucson

    October 21, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Thank you for honoring Bill Cunningham. <3

  119. la femme

    October 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I saw Bill Cunningham at NYFW a few years ago, and he looked like he was wearing the exact same outfit :)

    Striking blue on both.

  120. Niia

    October 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    “He who seeks beauty will find it.” This is the quote that made Bill Cunningham tear up when receiving an award. He is beauty.

  121. Maia

    October 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Bill Cunningham is a such an inspiring man. He also seems like a very genuine, real person. No pretense, just love.

  122. Martine

    October 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I saw the doc of Bill Cunningham, and saw Scott in it! Very interesting film, even if it did get a bit long. I would have liked to see more pictures that he took, but I suppose I can do that on my own too. It made me a little sad.

  123. @seanjonesfoto

    October 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    When did Mr. Cunningham go digital? I love this guy’s body of work. The documentary on him is incredible… a must see…


  124. Lars

    October 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Wow – Bill goes digital and it’s a Nikon. Old dogs do learn new tricks.

  125. mb

    October 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Is Bill using a prime lens?

  126. Sofia

    October 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Bill Cunningam New York is available for streaming on Netflix. Great film.

  127. The HypeAround

    October 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Bill Cunningham, the Don of street style photography. Having seen the movie I know he takes great delight in his almost fierce independence and doesn’t take pitcures simply for fame, but for the love of the subject. It was only fitting that he received the Chevalier award for his contribution to the world of fashion.

    “Honor is the reward of virtue”

  128. Laura K. Aiken

    October 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I ran across Bill Cunningham’s video the other week. What a delight to watch. I bet you you meet him, he ask as though he has known you all his life. I learned so much from the video. Thank you Mr. Cunningham.

  129. Babble and Snaps

    October 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Wow! Fantastic post. Two fashion legends. I am on love with Bill after watching that movie. Such an inspiring man. I just wish he would visit me in NZ

  130. Dhppy

    October 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    If Bill Cunningham isn’t one of the most lovely men to grace the planet, I don’t know who is.

  131. The Curious Eater

    October 25, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I saw the documentary last week … loved it! It’s exceptional to see somebody so successful keep both feet on the ground. When he speaks about artistic freedom and money, it makes you think [that's probably why we love blogging :-)]. Anyways, really enjoy reading ‘The Sartorialist’ … fashion can be a lot of fun [even for non fashionista's :-)]

  132. Howard C ADams

    October 29, 2011 at 10:14 am

    ahhh Bill <3 what a wonderful human being. so strange to see him without his FM2 though!

  133. Name*

    October 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Bill seems like a wonderful person. But somehow, I have less interest in his work now that I am aware that he never bothered to live himself. How can he interpret fashion, if he never cares about his own? How can he take a picture of a couple if he has never loved? How can he document life if he has never lived it? Its like an alien taking photos of earth creatures without really understanding anything except what it has learned from text.

  134. Sarah Blythe

    November 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Bill Cunningham NY is also available on netflix instant streaming. watching it now. smiling and crying. love bill cunningham.

  135. Barrett

    January 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Ah…Cunningham is my Dylan, and it appears he’s now “plugged in”, for better or worse. (I give him props for holding out so long… loved the scenes of him in his fave mini-lab waving his rolls of film around.) Great guy, one hell of a shooter, whatever the format.

  136. fredc

    July 8, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I love BILL C!

  137. PG

    June 27, 2016 at 2:18 am

    We’ll miss your pictures, Bill.

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