The rise of a plethora of fashion blogs has led, almost inevitably, to the rise of a style of fashion photography known as “street style.” The all-access blogging medium gave photography enthusiasts who admired what legends like Bill Cunningham do a way to break into the industry and share both their opinions and pictures.
Over the past several years, however, the practice has exploded — much to the chagrin of big fashion editors and journalists who now have to deal with massive crowds of photogs outside of major fashion shows. GARAGE Magazine’s Take My Picture is a short documentary that explores this explosion, and tries to offer both sides of the story.
As they explain in the documentary’s description, a short that was originally meant to simply observe “the phenomenon of fashion bloggers and street style stars,” turned into much more:
As we started to review the footage, two salient trends became apparent: fashion editors frustrated by the ensuing commotion outside of shows, and the rise of “peacocking” street style stars as a result of the proliferation of blogs. This film examines these themes from both perspectives.
The documentary gets takes from everybody involved: photographers, fashion journalists, editors, bloggers, “street style stars” and designers all chyme in and offer their two cents on this paparazzi-like craze.