The Over-Saturated World of Fashion Street Photography

Scott Schuman, or The Sartorialist, made it big in the blogging, photography, and fashion worlds by having his fashion street photography blog become an Internet sensation. If you think he’s unique in his subject matter, however, boy are you mistaken: he’s simply one of the most famous.

New York Magazine created this fascinating look at how the world of street fashion photography is now teeming with photographers.

They state that there’s currently a “gold rush” in this market, as more and more people are jumping into the game of chasing trends with their cameras.

Visit a major fashion hub like New York or Paris during certain times of the year, and you’ll see hoards of photographers running around on sidewalks, swarming and snapping pictures of passersby that catch their eyes. The video above was shot during Fashion Week in NYC.

Their behavior seems to be very similar to paparazzi photographers, except instead of the famous, they’re chasing the fashionable.

(via ISO 1200)

  • rjbell

    F**king hipsters on the fixed wheel bikes! I’m surprised they are not using Holga or Lomo’s!

  • derekdj

    Scott Schuman might be the most famous, but he also strives to shoot “non-fashionistas” as well, the average person on the street. If you look at his more recent work he has been shooting much more natural and candid situations than the posed stuff that made him famous and that these photographers are trying to emulate.

    Many of these new “street photographers” stalk fashion shows or fashion events, that’s not really “street” it’s really akin more to paparazzi or celebrity photography.

  • Raymond Larose

    To me, this seems like little more than street sniping.

  • will hall

    jesus christ eat something already

  • brob

    so basically, all these people are getting the exact same shot? oooo k

  • Mansgame

    I’ve never understood the appeal of getting the exact same shot as someone else. It’s kind of like those workshops people go to with the same 4 or 5 models rotating.

  • Andy Stacy

    kinda sad to see bill cunningham lurking in the crowds sometimes in there =(

  • Mark

    Seems a bit like going to church here in the states. Most people don’t even care about the sermon, they just go to socialize with people.

  • Mark

    Yeah, that was a bit nauseating to say the least.

  • Mark

    Who needs a toy camera when you have Hipstamatic?

  • Vlad Dusil

    Lurking around popular fashion shows during FW != fashion street photography. There are only a select few that shoot street style all year around the world and deliver wonderful images.

  • Brad Trent

    My God…watching that made my brain hurt!

  • rtfe

    mosquitos, basically


    just cause you on the street dont me it is street realtalk, im mean come on i didnt even see a 50mm out there

  • chuglife

    *don’t mean

  • Matthew Wagg

    I’m speechless as to how dumb these people are. They rape the essence of street photography

  • Phil

    My cousin Helen got electric curlers stuck in her hair in the early 60’s. She had to go out to let the cat in. She looked really punk about 10 years ahead of her time.