The Sartorialist at Danziger Projects
After I left my office yesterday, I rushed to the west side to be able to catch the opening of Scott Schuman's, aka The Sartorialist, exhibit at Danziger Projects on West 26th Street before my 6:30pm class a couple of blocks away. Apparently this was a great idea since later that night there was a line around the block of people waiting to get in. I was excited to see it but at the same time I was wondering, will people really want to buy an expensive print of a random stranger in great clothes? Will they care about buying images that they can just see online? But it really wasn't about that at all. What the show conveys at the end, is just an amazing sense of capturing someone's personality and how they interact with the environment and the camera, without thinking about it too much. I don't remember exactly how many prints were in the show, but only a small percent were photographs of fashion people (Agyness, Hamish, Carine, Lynn Yaeger, Stam), which I thought was the best decision; the rest of the photographs stood on their own as wonderful portraits of stylish individuals from around the world.
Let me tell you, seeing the photographs out of a computer screen is another thing entirely (and another reason why Print will never die). The colors and the details stand out in a way almost unimaginable. The photograph of the eccentric woman that I'm showing at the top of this post is beautiful in real life. You can see the pattern on her clothes, the texture, the way the different fabrics play with each other, it was really a treat. Also these photographs really showcase what a great sense of light and composition Scott has, but I guess in the end, that's why he's so successful. Anyone can go out and take pictures of people that are well dressed, but not everyone can take the beautiful photographs that he takes, especially considering that they're taken on the go, on the street, where there's no time for retakes and re-posing or anything like that.
I posted my favorite images from the show above, I recognized a lot of them from the blog (like the redheaded girl on the bike and the eccentric woman), but I didn't remember seeing the one with the couple kissing or the girl with the wind blowing in her head, both truly wonderful photographs when seen up close, with all the details. Since I went so early, I didn't get to see Scott or any other sightings, but I definitely encourage you guys to go and see the show if you are in the city.
For more information go to The Sartorialist, Danziger Projects and The Year in Pictures.