September 25, 2012
The Sartorialist Asks You To Come A Little “Closer”
Fast Fashion’s Urban Chronicler Makes the Disposable and Temporary, Timeless
By Nancy Staab
With his new book, “Closer,” street-fashion photographer/fashion blogger “The Sartorialist” (aka Scott Schuman) cements his stylistic street cred.
There have been legions of imitators, but lensman Scott Schuman (a compact, square-jawed, Midwestern-transplant-to-NYC-turned-fashion-blogger) is the original style-on-the-streets photographer. His cult blog with 12 million monthly views, The Sartorialist, has launched a thousand wannabe sites since its launch in 2005. However, Shuman’s discerning eye for impromptu urban fashion and artistic backdrops remains the most finely honed. His previous compilation of snaps, based on and named after his blog, sold more than 100,000 copies and last year he and his fellow fashion blogger/French girlfriend Garance Doré shared a coveted Media Award from the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America).
Now the 44-years-old shutterbug is back with a new book collection, Closer. It encompasses over 500 pages of idiosyncratically dressed characters based on Shuman’s wanderings from Milan to Morrocco, Savannah to Seoul. These diverse characters definitely wear their clothes instead of visa versa. In a recent interview (Sept. 5, 2012), The New York Times reported that Schuman “was drawn to seminal street photographers like Brassai, who chronicled the streets and cafes of 20th-century Paris” more than straight-up-fashion photographers and it shows in his slice-of-life images. Schuman also seems to have a thing for nearby Savannah and its SCAD-inflected creativity. Schumann recently told Harper’s Bazaar, “I was very pleasantly surprised by the students in Savannah. They don’t really have a lot of designer boutiques there. They have a lot of small boutiques, but they’re not doing it on designer names, they’re really doing it on personality.” He also cited Berlin and Moscow as interesting cites for individual city styles, with China as one to watch.
Schuman actually made an appearance at SCAD’s Savannah and Atlanta campuses on the heels of his 2009 book tour, and made a personal appearance for his photography show at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery. No word if Schuman will grace Atlanta with a visit in the near future, but in the meantime local fash fiends can immerse themselves in his compelling new picture book.