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January 6, 2014 at 9:15 am
Paul Bowles with a camera.
January 7, 2014 at 4:49 am
where clothes are actually used as they were intended to not as status symbols. congrats! :)
January 7, 2014 at 6:06 am
amazing picture, the light is so especial!!!
January 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm
My favorite photo done by you to date! I LOVE THIS!
January 6, 2014 at 9:16 am
stylish with adidas hat !!
January 7, 2014 at 2:12 am
Kisses from http://www.withorwithoutshoes.com
Today I bring you a Comfy and Cozy Outfit….with asymmetrical turtleneck and colorful houndstooth pants. A chic option for going to the sales!
January 6, 2014 at 9:18 am
Catching the child gazing like that is priceless.
Cheers to a great 2014,
Ma numesc Bucuresti
January 6, 2014 at 9:30 am
Shocking and disturbing, yet beautiful…
January 7, 2014 at 8:16 am
Why shocking and disturbing ? I would say quite and peaceful. Just, different.
January 7, 2014 at 11:06 am
trying to stay alive..with bare necessities!
January 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm
I agree… is shocking and disturbing because we know the mother is maybe passing it harder than she could on a globalized world, disturbing because it pictures the social boundaries we haven’t ended yet.. also beautiful because she doesn’t need what she doesn’t know.. she looks calmed and in peace enjoying her kid and what she has
January 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm
It is the rest of us, in our comfortable urban lives, gobbling up resources, who are shocking and disturbing…
January 9, 2014 at 7:11 am
W O R D
January 6, 2014 at 9:31 am
This is about as “real” as you can get. Great shot!
January 6, 2014 at 9:42 am
2014 starts off with an amazing shot.
January 6, 2014 at 10:42 am
I knew your pictures from Morocco were gonna be awesome!
January 6, 2014 at 10:57 am
I don’t find it shocking or disturbing at all. Different part of the world. Makes me stop to ponder the excesses in our world. This is a perfect example of function and style. Purposeful, but not “placed”. Done out of necessity, beauty as a byproduct. It looks like she is preparing his bath(?)
January 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm
“[A]nother important difference between tourist and traveler is that the former accepts his own civilization without question; not so the traveler, who compares it with the others, and rejects those elements he finds not to his liking.”
― Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky
January 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm
I’d argue that pants are not an “excess” in a climate that ranges from very hot to very cold.
January 6, 2014 at 10:58 am
Ahh…no. I think it is laundry day!
January 6, 2014 at 11:07 am
Great shot! Beauty in daily life!
January 6, 2014 at 11:14 am
I find it inapriopriate. Why don’t you portrait your rich world subjects doing their loundry?
January 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm
I agree. The picture is beautiful, but still…I hope the mother knowns that this picture is published on the web.
Compositionally, a strong sense of place and life.
Erin :: EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga Retreats
January 6, 2014 at 11:37 am
Wow! Amazing capture (as always). Morocco has always been fascinating to me and I love getting to go there several times a year with my yoga retreat groups. I loved your series last year and look forward to more from this exotic locale!
January 6, 2014 at 11:39 am
Sand In The City
January 6, 2014 at 11:58 am
Very impressive shot! Can’t stop looking at it.
January 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm
for me this picture is about a power of live………..i love so much your photos from morocco although they make me feel nostalgic without having been never ever in morocco
January 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Love the head scarf! Great capture…
January 6, 2014 at 12:20 pm
This is a rare lapse from your always-on-target eye. The image feels more intrusive than complicit, a tad tourist-y.
January 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm
What a shot. This has been beautifully captured
January 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Stunningly beautiful. When I was in Morocco, I was not able to get out into the country more and stayed in the cities. This photo makes me regret that!
January 6, 2014 at 12:59 pm
X Willemijn Sofie
January 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm
Beautiful photo, the light and colors are amazing!
January 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm
“Stylish”, “Love the head scarf”, “a perfect example of function and style”???! I would like to remind you that west sahara is occupied land at that nearly 200 000 people live like refuges in tents in their own contry. This has been going on since 1975! This is not “stylish”, this is disaster.
January 7, 2014 at 4:26 am
January 7, 2014 at 4:54 am
January 7, 2014 at 6:23 am
Very well said Andrea..Great photo Scott..I hope that with this photo you are opening a new chapter in this blog where people do not buy and buy clothes and spend hours in front of their mirror to be stylish (even if they do not admit it) but they use them above all as necessity items, to survive. It is true that you captured in the past moments from everyday life of many cultures but I still believe that this photo is something completely new in this blog..I am impressed
January 8, 2014 at 9:59 am
Thank you for stating so articulately what I was thinking but could not put into words so well as you.
January 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm
January 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm
Amazing light, subjects, colors! Made my day …visually!
January 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm
Wow, what a breathtaking, stunning shot! You’ve captured something special here- love it!
January 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm
Great shot. No pants…all the rage in ’14.
January 7, 2014 at 7:20 am
Good one, JJ.
January 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm
Wauw. Beautiful shoot!
Agree with Andrea Johansson, above. It takes a troublingly detached mind/heart to aestheticize images like this. It is basically sartorial slumming. However, I do not think Scott intended the image as such. Presenting documentary photographs alongside fashion photographs is a tricky business, but I think that those who have been following the site long enough can suss out the photographer’s intent, and place each type of photograph in the correct category.
January 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm
I agree with your comments, and I’m a little troubled by some other people’s comments about coveting the woman’s headscarf – as if not seeing what this picture is all about. Ciao, LB.
January 7, 2014 at 1:15 am
Previous subject matter have stirred up similar comments by others that seem to reveal a certain lack of perspective. I suppose because this is a fashion blog first, one would first jump to conclusions about fashion statements of those photographed before recognizing the overall picture and perhaps other priorities. There are those that also question the placement of such photographs in a fashion blog but I think Scott’s photographs of those around the world can only provide a perspective that is all too often taken for granted when coveting and/or admiring the latest stylish decisions of others.
January 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm
There’s no question that the notion of being “Stylish” under these circumstances is completely besides the point. Even the idea of the beauty of necessity seems out of place with an image of such grinding poverty. I can’t quite pin it down, but this and other images like it seem unresolved as a statement within the context of this blog. And the reasoning that you’ve offered in the past seems weak. I agree with A. Johnson, the larger context of this image is suffering and disaster, not fashion or beauty. It’s clear that you’re stretching for something, but it feels like you’re out of your element. Kudos to you, however, for putting yourself out there.
January 7, 2014 at 8:09 am
I agree. And I would like to ask the question, as in the case of the elderly Parisian gentleman – have you asked this woman for permission to publish her half-naked child’s photograph on the web?
January 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm
This kind of photos leave me breathless…
January 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm
So Brilliant! Great, Scott.
January 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm
I am delighted to see this photo. It really means a lot that you consider “fashion” as more than someone donning the latest trend or the most glorified designer. This really brings the creative and cultural life into perspective for a lot of people. And for that, I thank you!
January 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm
No-one else seems to really capture the essence of the moment quite like The Satorialist…
January 6, 2014 at 9:28 pm
I found this utterly disturbing, the depth of poverty and the hopelessness of the photo. Then I looked again. Where did she get the water from? Did she carry it a long distance? There seems to be no well nearby. The boy looks like he had to take his pants off to get washed. Were they his only pair? She seems so focused on this. Why? So many questions this photo raises for me.
January 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm
I love the photo. For me, it is not out of place on this blog. I do not see it as a fashion statement, but a statement about fashion. Personally, the part of the image that blares out at me is the Adidas logo – a trademark of Western wealth that has found itself into the most improbable location. It provokes thought, and conversation (as we see on this page). For me – is it not sad that we live in a world where items such as these can find their way to people who have so many other needs? Isn’t it a shame that so many people on earth are living without necessities and comforts – and can’t the brilliant minds of design and creativity use them towards these purposes as well? Forget whether or not this was a ‘documentary photo’ risk or not. The point is that Scott is human, and so are his subjects, and he has brought that humanity out in myself. That is the essential element of any photography that is worthwhile.
January 7, 2014 at 4:37 am
Thank you Christine! very well stated…indeed.
January 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm
I think your comment hits the nail on the head.
January 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm
Well put, Christine.
January 6, 2014 at 10:47 pm
deep. lonely. hard. calm,,but enough full just for mother and son.
January 7, 2014 at 12:11 am
It is quite possible that this woman and her child experience greater peace in their daily life than we do here in our consumerism-driven western world. Who are we to judge, not being there at the time of the photograph? We don’t know the story, we can all only assume. I have been following the Sartorialist for years and I think it is both wonderful AND important that he depicts beauty and style both where there is wealth and where there isn’t. As always, well done.
January 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm
I find the emphasis on peace here quite disturbing, given that this mother and child live in a troubled region without basic necessities (clothing and safe water). Think of Maslov’s hierarchy: peace of mind comes only after the foundational aspects of life are met.
January 7, 2014 at 3:21 am
Fast forward to the future…this boy would then come across this photo in one of your books. What would he say or ponder upon? It’s a personal question, isn’t it? You captured the essence of a life at this moment.. Something so personal. That’s why i love this.
January 7, 2014 at 3:23 am
LOVE this image. I can’t stop looking at his face.
January 7, 2014 at 4:53 am
“National Geographic”-quality! ;)
What is in this babe's future?
January 7, 2014 at 4:57 am
What a way to start 2014, Sart. You are venturing off the sidewalks/pavements of the 1st world into another realm – that of grinding poverty as it is starkly portrayed here. Your metamorphosis would turn those interested in “marvelous shoes / scarfs / skirts/ tops / earrings / accessories” as well as “don’t call me sturdy: I am a real woman so shoot me instead of them” types away. But you know what, folks like me will stick around because there’s a feeling that I don’t know what I will see next. Serious subject matters sit well with you too.
What is his future? Would his children be waiting in various states of undress in the desert as they wait their turn to get their mother’s attention and yes, a bath? This is sad but this is what is happening in the non-glamorous parts of the world. For those in the 1st world reading this comment and nodding your heads, feel blessed for your lot in life.
Kang Min Goo
January 7, 2014 at 5:23 am
A child makes the photo fresh.^^
So good color.
January 7, 2014 at 7:02 am
Omg…the image is rooted in my heart!
IS THIS IT? models review
January 7, 2014 at 8:31 am
Awww that child…
January 7, 2014 at 9:17 am
I’d like to be a fly on the wall if that little boy sees this picture in about 15 years time! Nice image though.
January 7, 2014 at 9:19 am
This photo is so brilliant and beautiful!!!! I love the composition!
January 7, 2014 at 10:02 am
Super picture. Not shocking or disturbing, not stylish or on trend. Just a great picture and as relevant to the subject’s daily life as a picture of Anna D-R on the streets of Milano or a picture of a beautiful and stylish New Yorker going about her/his daily business. Great, Scott.
January 7, 2014 at 11:12 am
Different? Yes. Stunning? Absolutely. But this is a hard and sad existence.
January 7, 2014 at 11:41 am
Hey, Is that FujiX100S?
January 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm
It is a beautiful picture, I agree with everybody mentioning the obvious so far. But to me it is also kind of inappropriate. I feel like an intruder who nobody has welcomed into the picture. The family I observe can’t do else than show their poverty. The child is even half naked and though this is quite a natural way for a toddler to be, it feels like stepping into the privacy of a family whose poverty is exposed to a wider public. I hope you had a translator who helped to ask them if they wanted their picture to be published and I hope they understood what that implied.
January 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm
Thank you for your comment, I have the same thoughts, but I could not articulate them this precisely.
January 8, 2014 at 1:07 am
i actually had two local guides while shooting the whole time in Morocco. I shot maybe 50to 100 frames in this moment during different elements of the process so the people involved were well aware of me and the intent. This just happens to be the most compelling image of the group. We asked before shooting and paid them a little afterwards so I’m very comfortable with the entire process.
What I’ve learned in shooting in places like this is that poverty is always judge by the viewers own standards. I didn’t feel any desperation in these people (the father and a daughter joined a little later) so I have begun to see the difference between poverty and living simply.
January 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm
r u calling this family minimalist….
January 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm
January 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm
The picture is nice, but I really hope that the mother agreed to having this picture published on the web.
January 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm
Ohhh so nice and trendy with poor people!! It is so cool to see them on picture…. but not in reality!!
Love your site but please do not forget peoples integrity
January 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Perhaps some of Scott’s photos of this nature will help allow you to empathize in a small way with others outside your realm of experience rather than assume motives.
January 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm
I love his look.
January 7, 2014 at 2:17 pm
It’s of course a good picture but since you would never post a picture like this with an American child I feel it is not appropriate.
January 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm
So Scott, why don’t you explain the context of the image? Aren’t you responsible of your blog? What’s your intention of putting the image on “THE SARTORIALIST”?
January 8, 2014 at 1:11 am
This isn’t the first or the last time a shot like this is on The Sartorialist or in my books. My blog is full of portraits of people. This one just happens to be of nomads in Morocco, the process was no different than shooting in Milan or Bali.
January 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm
Thats sad that while we are thinking about fashion there are people that live in this situation.
It´s nice from Scott making us thinking on this.
January 7, 2014 at 3:08 pm
Before commenting, I read about the history of Nomads in the Sahara, being thusly informed kept me from passing a value judgement and enhanced my appreciation of the photo.
January 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm
Ah MM, you’re spot on. We’re all so quick to jump on the bandwagon of judging these subjects with our “Aw how cute!” and “So sad”. We know nothing of their lives. This is a mere glimpse. Even so, it says much about how most of the world, beyond our wealthy First World cities, lives. I’m contemplating how this mother and child might view the life of a Western woman, working 12 hour days in a concrete jungle with her infant child in ‘day care’….
January 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm
Would you take a picture of a “western” child in the buff? Most mothers, including myself would be furious at this intrusion. I’m a great fan but this one smacks of Colonialism and arrogance.
January 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm
Hi Sart, you rock! You really have expanded my view of what is beautiful, thank you. It is not a perfect tan, a perfect body or a perfect mix of clothes and accessories. It is the fact that we all are different, from strange lands, with our own heritage and customs. Let’s try and embrace our differences as gifts ! Love always!
January 7, 2014 at 6:08 pm
the steve mccurialist
January 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm
I want to be a daddy!
January 7, 2014 at 10:25 pm
Its not that difficult!
Such a cute little guy.
January 7, 2014 at 9:41 pm
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again …. and a few people touched on this topic here …. you really do need a separate tab, a travelogue tab … where you capture things with your artistic eye that may have absolutely nothing to do with sartorialism, per se. Your blog has grown so much beyond mere style and fashion; you are capturing the world.
It is compelling for me to view one of your captures of poverty or struggle, for I take in each image as a whole; the people you depict; and all the secondary things like the environment, the colours, the fabrics, and yes, sure, what they’re wearing. But I don’t necessarily respond with fashion on my mind.
It is upsetting for me when people don’t “get it”, and gaily comment on “that fabulous headscarf that woman is wearing”, not realizing you are capturing a moment that has far, far deeper ramifications that sartorialism.
Please consider a new tab, or separate section, or label your travelogue photos as such … I mean, you can’t stop people from being dense … but I think it would make more sense out of the evolution of The Sartorialist.
Thank you as always,
January 8, 2014 at 8:24 am
January 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm
LIZPR – a logical suggestion as expected by a public relations expert ;) However, I can appreciate the juxtaposition of this kind of content with his standard fare of style on the street and runways. Sometimes something needs to really catch one’s eye, as is obviously the case here, to make one sit down and think about the circumstances of those a world away. I don’t believe it’s Scott’s responsibility to change this woman and child’s lives, much less “save” them; the good photographer is merely a recorder of history, and her history now stands with equal footing here, at least, for us to recognize, even if for just a moment.
January 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm
Thanks for your thoughts. I agree,it’s not Scott’s job to change or save anyone – I’m sorry if that implication was conveyed. A also agree he is depicting the world, and that’s what he does, and so beautifully.
PR is usually not on my mind, as I discovered this site because of a love for style … But it probably does play an influence in this conversation! :)
January 8, 2014 at 1:14 pm
January 7, 2014 at 11:51 pm
I’m really struggling with this picture…. I will discuss it with my ethics class next week, and repost a comment with an answer.
January 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm
yes please do! i am interested to hear what they say
January 8, 2014 at 8:43 am
i am aware….your physical image depicted in shots…is carefully sculpted ….i hope u would give the same to a mother caring for her son…Diane Arbus was so sensitive to her subject, she also came from fashion background…something to be learned from her
January 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Living “simply,” one comment observes.
What in the world is “simple” about this existence?
Finding next meal? Cooking it?
Washing child, or self? Carrying child?
Finding shelter from sun? from wind? from traveling photographer?
Photograph may be formally/aesthetically pleasing, but simply blind to these lives.
January 9, 2014 at 10:49 am
January 9, 2014 at 4:10 am
Welcome to reality guys. I think this picture does well shaking your brain cells. It’s good to be conscious of the other side (and there are so many other sides). Do you mean that when you come here you would rather not see anything else but rich and pretty people? Come on!
And I trust the Sartorialist to get involved at some point in an amazing project. For inspiration: Salgado and Instituto Terra, Amazon Forest, Brasil:
January 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm
Point well taken. Photography can transport the viewer and transform the world! But since perception of image is influenced by context (i.e. this fashion-oriented website), maybe Scott needs a new website, or sub-category within this one.
January 9, 2014 at 11:26 pm
January 9, 2014 at 11:39 pm
While The Sartorialist may have gotten permission to photograph this family, I don’t think he would do so (much less post) a half-naked American or European child – I also have trouble believing that the people knew the wide audience that this photo would reach. To me, this photograph feels intrusive and inappropriate for this blog.
January 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm
I wonder how the rest of the scene look like. I suppose it’s ignorant for me to say it’s odd the woman is doing laundry (??) in the middle of no where
January 12, 2014 at 9:41 am
January 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm
Edward Said is rotating in his grave right now. The Sartorialist and especially the commentators here are unbelievably ignorant and hypocritical… in the year 2014(!). Applauding poor people for their choice of clothes? Seriously?
January 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm
The discussion in this thread reminds me of that scene in Metropolitan:
Love Whit Stillman.
January 12, 2014 at 4:49 pm
I think the photo is beautiful. Well done Scot.
Looking forward to another great year of photos from you.
January 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm
Please take it down and give the mother and child their dignity back. Would this be shown if they were European or North American? It is poverty porn. Shame on you . . .
January 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm
Take it down? Are you serious? I am american and I think it’s sad that I have to dress up my baby all the time or that a newborn girl wears a bikini. Come on! I wouldn’t have any problem if Scott took a picure of my son or daughter without pants or diapers. It’s the most natural thing. You should seriously watch the documentary Babies by Thomas Balmes. You can see it on youtube. You would actually feel sorry for westerners…. Good job on the picture Scott!
January 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm
First of all, many parents would not mind such a young child being photographed nude or half nude, regardless of whether or not they were a western child. Second, it is possible that in this child’s culture (although I can’t say I know for sure) that nudity is not as offensive as it is to you. I doubt the mother or child felt as if they were being robbed of their dignity. They are simply being artistically observed. A nude model in a painting does not feel that he or she is being robbed of their dignity, but simply observed in their natural state.
January 13, 2014 at 12:06 am
Deepest apologies for misspelling your name !
January 13, 2014 at 4:48 am
I like the controversy about this photo.
Thanks Scott for sharing this travel impression with us and for making possible this vivid discussion.
January 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm
He is so cute but this picture makes me sad as I am mother…