Scott Schuman (aka. The Sartorialist) hit it big in fashion street photography. But not all fashion photographers work in a studio or on the street. Many have made many-year-long careers photographing from what is referred to as “the pit” at fashion shows.
The video above lets these photographers tell their story, as the Sartorialist asks them questions about the nuances of fashion photography from the pit, and the unwritten rules that newbies should take note of.
Collectively, the folks interviewed have some 73+ years of experience, with photographer Bruno Rinaldi clocking in 40 years all on his own. In other words, they know what they’re talking about.
The questions range from discussing the “rules” of being in the pit, to changes the industry has seen over the years, to the challenges faced by young pit photographers who are looked at, not as competition, but as “someone who bothers [the veterans] during the show.”
“It seems that Fashion Week is only about designers, bloggers, models and editors,” writes The Sartorialist. “This season, I thought it would be fun to turn the camera on the faces of fashion that you don’t always hear about.”
If you’re at all interested in fashion photography and specifically the art of photographing from “the pit,” the video offers some valuable insights from the established pros you may someday hope to rub elbows with at Fashion Week.