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The Sartorialist on the Future of Street Style Photography

The Sartorialist Thinks Street Style Photography Needs to Change



Who better to comment on the future of street style photography than the man who helped propel the genre into the digital age? In an interview with Harper's Bazaar about his upcoming book, Closer, Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist explained that photographers have become too preoccupied with a certain kind of subject.

"I think the thing that's tricky and why it hasn't taken the next big step forward is because photographers now are going to the shows and they're trying to shoot these 'star editors,'" Schuman explained. "You know, when I started, people knew who the editors in chief were and a few others, but nobody knew Giovanna Battaglia or Anna Dello Russo or those people. I was really shooting what I was responding to. And Giovanna ended up becoming somebody. And Anna Dello Russo ended up becoming somebody. I think that the part that's holding people back now is that they basically only go to the shows. There's very few of these street blogs that go back to their city, wherever that is, and shoot. People just get very obsessed with getting a picture of those known names, as opposed to really speaking from the heart and shooting from the heart — having the bravery to shoot a 'third row' person or not going to the shows and shooting somewhere else. For street style to be successful, photographers need to shoot in a more unique way to them."

Photo courtesy of The Sartorialist

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