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Fashion Street Photography Surges

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.

For some examples of exemplary street style, see StreetPeeperWoodboard and The Streethearts.

New York’s No. 1 Fashion Photographer

Bill Cunningham New York, opening on March 16 in New York and March 25 in Los Angeles, celebrates the life and work of photographer/bicyclist/smock fan/all around eccentric, Bill Cunningham.

Video Aids In Galliano’s Downfall

Anti-Semitism seems to be all the rage lately, and Christian Dior designer John Galliano is nothing if not on trend as he is the latest to get caught at the cross-section of where ugly behavior meets technology. If you haven’t read about it, Galliano has had three (known) outbursts in the past few months where he ranted along antisemitic and racist themes, but it was only until one was caught on video that people really started to take notice — and this week he lost his job.

The Telegraph asked legendary Italian designer Giorgio Armani for his reaction to the mess, and he said, through a translator, that he was “very sorry for him” and “also very sorry that they videotaped him without him knowing.” Interesting that to him that is the worst part. Apparently Armani doesn’t think it’s inappropriate, or just plain mean, to say things like, “I love Hitler. People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be fucking gassed.”

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: If you are a public figure, in any field, you need to get accustomed to the fact that everyone has the ability to record what you do now, and they probably will at some point. So the tragedy is not in being caught, the tragedy is being really, really dumb.


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