Some people care about how other people dress, a fact which mostly leaves me bemused and, I confess, a bit puzzled. But I understand that others care about it—even though I went through most of the past decade owning just four pairs of pants, all of them identical black jeans.
The field is called "fashion." I know nothing of it, and could not attract the Sartorialist on the streets myself with a sign, flashing lights, and dancing mimes.
Nevertheless, I like photography, and how Scott Schuman works is fascinating. (Those of you who found Bruce Gilden's street-shooting style offensive will find Scott's low-key, deferential way of asking permission a good antidote.) Tyler Manson and Intel Visual Life have produced a short documentary film that follows the Sartorialist on his daily peregrinations. To me, he seems a little too distracted by clothes, but that's just me being a picture geek. The photographic aspects of the short film are worth watching it for. If you like fashion too, presumably that will be a bonus. Running time is 7 minues and 11 seconds.
Now that impresses me.
(Thanks to Oren-san)
P.S. Garry Winogrand was ahead of his time.
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Featured Comment by Christopher Grant: "I must admit, I was very surprised to see this video here. I am very much a lover of fashion, and have been a steady viewer of Scott's website for quite some time now. I even own his book. If you find his take on fashion photography rather refreshing, another website worth looking at is Jak and Jil, which tends to showcase the lifestyle side of the fashion world, while the Sartorialist is more based on the everyday."
Featured Comment by Roger Bradbury: "In Japan, Shoichi Aoki took photos of fashion on the streets and has put them into two books: Fruits and Fresh Fruits. It's very, very, different from The Sartorialist. You can get the books from Amazon, but to get an idea, just go to Google Images and type in as search terms: Shoichi Aoki fruits."
Featured Comment by Hugh Crawford:
"The Sartorialist is a style blog, not a fashion blog. Bill Cunningham does street fashion, which is about things like '20 women wearing green plaid coats with orange trim and gladiator sandals, it must be a trend.' Often to be stylish is to be deliberately un-fashionable. For instance if you are a guy wearing a cape, you are stylish, not fashionable, especially in Wisconsin. Pole climbers and a Mackinaw Cap might be fashionable in Wisconsin, but in Manhattan they would be stylish."
Mike replies: This distinction is right at the outer boundaries of comprehendability for me. But I'll continue pondering on it and see if I can wrap my brain around it.
Comment #2 by Hugh Crawford: "Oh and there is a very nice Sartorialist book out. Someone gave me a copy and it's on the shelf right next to the big box of Sanders' 20th Century. According to the quotes he can get a Vogue editor to cross the street!"
Mike replies: You mean he tries to scat the silly critters away? Which direction across the street, relative to him?