Category: Street photography

FashionI’ll Be Your Mirror: Legendary Street Style Photographer Bill Cunningham

Before there was The Sartorialist or Tommy Ton, there was Bill Cunningham. Cunningham is a legendary street style photographer that is still going strong at the New York Times and even Anna Wintour hopes to be snapped by him!
Cunningham’s career started in the 1970s when he started taking photographs of fashion on the streets of New York.  As a result of a chance photograph of Greta Garbo, he published a group of his impromptu pictures in the New York Times in December 1978, which soon became a regular series. 
Cunningham scours the streets on his bike everyday looking for rare birds of fashion and has become a respected icon. If Cunningham snaps a photo of you, it’s a huge honor, because you’ve just become part of a visual history.
“We’re in the age of the cookie-cutter sameness. There are few that are rarities, someone who doesn’t look like 10 million others.”—Bill Cunningham.
 
Before Bill Cunningham was snapping photos of street fashion heros, he was making fabulous hats under the label William J. The hats are amazing and definitely pieces of fashion history.
Want to learn more about Bill Cunningham? Check out his weekly snapshots here, and if you haven’t checked out the documentary Bill Cunningham New York, do yourself a big favor and go see it!

FashionIntentional Genius: Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist

A lover of fashion by nature, Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, created his blog around a few simple ideas that have become second nature in the blogger infested world of the last few years. As one of the founding fathers of “blogger” style street photography Schumann’s eye is impeccable and his hand unshakable. 

 Almost as if to quiet our incessant questions about how, where, when, and why he takes the photos he does, a short documentary has been released which answers exactly all of those questions. I hope that you watch, listen, and appreciate the intention behind the work and words of Scott Schuman in this short film as much as I did.

 FYI The Sartorialist means: 

sartorial [sɑːˈtɔːrɪəl]

adj

1. of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring

Schuman himself studied tailoring in college which lead to his deep respect and fascination for the art of tailoring and clothing construction. This has also, probably, tailored his eye for details which is integral to the success of his photos.

I love this photo of the work man’s boots. This is an art/fashion instance where function triumphed form in the creation but not in the ultimate appreciation of the object. Schuman has an eye for the subtle and intricate details of every day life that some of us forget to look for. Keep an eye on Schuman’s work by following The Sartorialist!