Photo by Eirik Slyngstad/The Streethearts
The rise in street style photographers outside of fashion shows in New York, Paris and London has become a cottage industry of its own. As the Business of Fashion website writes, the hordes of photographers is starting to rival that for the most tabloid-worthy Hollywood stars, and it can be dangerous. It’s no wonder though; like a prized shot of Angelina Jolie, photos of the fashionable elite can result in serious bank.
But the rapid rise of street photography also has a darker side. The ‘bloggers walk’ in the Jardin des Tuileries, site of many major Paris shows, is now completely out of control. Indeed, it’s become increasingly difficult to tell the difference between the aggressive paparazzi who stalk Hollywood celebrities outside bars and clubs and a few of the bad apples amongst the hordes of photographers that accost editors as they come in and out of shows.
Several street style bloggers told me confidentially that the competition is extremely fierce for getting the best photographs, which can then be sold on to global editions of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar each for as little as $200, but up to $1000 or more.