Tommy Ton takes a shot while a dapper-looking gent chats with Guerre (of Guerreisms) on the steps of Lincoln Center. Besides shooting for their own sites, both photographers are also shooting for several fashion outlets this season. Given street style’s expansive influence in the fashion industry, it’s almost odd to think that 10 years ago, the genre as an online phenomenon didn’t exist.
Eddie Newton, aka Mr. Newton gives a subject some gentle direction. “Tamu [of All the Pretty Birds] says, 'I’m the guy who sets up great shots for everyone,'” he tells us. Vanessa Jackman concurs. “He does!” She laughs.
Besides getting subjects to stand a certain way without looking too posed, Jackman and Jason Jean of Citizen Couture also tell us about the trial-and-error process of shooting out on the street. Budding photographers take note: Avoid backgrounds with neon signs, and watch out for tree branches. “You have to be careful of the ‘antler effect,’” adds Jackman.
Fashion meets function: We couldn’t stop obsessing over Street Peeper's Phil Oh’s awesomely chic chain camera strap by Sarah Frances Kuhn.
Giving truth to the phrase, “It takes one to know one,” these photographers are indeed a stylish bunch themselves. Here, Guerre photographs Tamu McPherson of All the Pretty Birds. It goes without saying that Guerre often stands on the other side of the lens himself.
Describing what catches her eye, McPherson, who’s also the recently-appointed fashion director for Grazia.it tells us that she shoots all styles. “If someone really embodies a particular style, and they do it well, then I’ll find it interesting, regardless of whether or not it’s my own. But I do love denim, I love prints, and when I write about them, it probably comes through a little more.”
Every day there’s a handful of stylish stunners that send the photographers chasing and leave the rest of us oglers filled with more than just a little bit of envy. Russian freelance journalist Miroslava Duma was a crowd favorite this season, hitting the mark on a regular basis.
At Alexander Wang’s show last Saturday, the spacious lot out front and the perfectly spread-out entrances of almost every fashion heavy you could think of made for some prime photo ops. Things surged into an all-out frenzy with the arrival of Alicia Keys, which created an interesting moment defining the lines between street style, celebrity idolatry, and taking photos because why the hell not? Jackman and Jean hung back, along with Guerre who had told us earlier, “I don’t run. I never run.”
Oh emerged from the crowd, exhausted. “I got sucked in,” he said.
McPherson handles the drizzle outside of Prabal Gurung’s show with impressive handwork while Craig Arend of Altamira: Models Off Duty looks on.
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