101 comments

  1. lukas

    April 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Thats so cruel!

  2. annelie

    April 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I can see a lot of comments coming about this picture being too grizzly-if you eat meat and cannot handle this you need to rethink your choices!

    • Suze

      April 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Exactly my thoughts!
      And also some comments about it being cruel… You really don’t know. I can totally imagine these cows having had a better life then most of the meat in Western supermarkets.

      • lukas

        April 18, 2014 at 3:40 am

        Yeah, you´re right. But it´s cruel anyway, i don´t eat meat and whether the cows have a beatiful life in peru or they are killed like flies in the us, its cruel either way.

        • George

          April 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm

          I second that!
          Not to start a moral debate here, but I never understand the mindset of “at least they led a happy life.” Isn’t it just as cruel, if not more cruel, to give a sentient being a “happy” existence only to make it taste better…?

          Furthermore, what do cow snouts have to do with sartorial style?

          • Mr Q

            May 1, 2014 at 11:25 pm

            Lukas, I couldn’t help laughing at

            “Isn’t it just as cruel, if not more cruel, to give a sentient being a “happy” existence only to make it taste better…?
            Furthermore, what do cow snouts have to do with sartorial style?”

            You pose a perfectly valid question which (sadly) induced laughter out of me by way of your phrasing. Anyway without getting too “moral” or judgemental about it all, I think this is a reminder of why lately I’m finding less and less reason to eat meat. Again I re-iterate: it’s not based on morality or judgement, but I’m losing reason to eat meat just by virtue of there being no real reason to do it…meh whatever I get confused on this

    • suzy

      April 17, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      also, this is evidence of true nose-to-tail cooking! NO part of an animal should go to waste if you are taking its life

      • mo

        April 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

        Amen Suzy

        • nikita

          April 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

          True!

          • Leesee

            May 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm

            Cruel? Oh, so wearing their skin on the daily is not as twisted as f-?
            What about their spare parts in my dog’s food?

  3. soffi

    April 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Helppppppppppppp

  4. Amy

    April 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Eww… I’m not so hungry…
    http://www.tributetothestyle.com

  5. Lisa

    April 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Ummm… That’s kind of weird. But you manage to make even this look good. I guess that’s what you call talent :D

    Lisa – AT LEAST BLOG

  6. Shivafeli

    April 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing this!
    I have been a vegetarian for almost 10 years now and it has been hard.
    I reminisce the taste, I cook chicken for my little sister yet I do not taste.
    Sometimes I see it as an addiction because I have to make the decision every single day, I can not really see the change in figures but my mind is more clear.

    It is real, if I lived in a different part of town I might won’t have the luxury to become vegetarian.

    I hope you photograph more shots other than fashion orientated. This realness of this shot reminds me of the shot of a man walking down the street, looking like he trusted absolutely no one. I will reminisce this portrait too when I think of the Sartorialist.

  7. William

    April 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Insensitive and Unnecessary.

    • Wayde

      April 18, 2014 at 6:06 am

      Do you say the same thing when you pass a butcher’s shop?

      • William

        April 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm

        Absolutely.

      • Zogtee

        April 21, 2014 at 3:58 am

        When did this become a butcher’s shop?

        • Briana

          April 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

          It is an extraordinarily artistic shot that shows a part of life on earth. I think it’s important that we sometimes see detached parts of animals that still look like they came off of an animal. When eating a hunk of meat thats all it is, “meat”, when looking at these snouts it becomes a cow. It was a realization similar to this that caused me to become a vegetarian. We should not be able to so easily detach the life from the food.

  8. Suumee

    April 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    What is this???

  9. Lorna

    April 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I can handle it. Will continue to eat beef a few times a month and wear leather shoes and accessories like handbags, belts, wallets etc. It’s not just about being a vegetarian if you are upset by this. But pretty sure this didn’t happen while the cows were still alive …

    • Hanna J

      April 25, 2014 at 2:15 am

      Why do you think it was done while the cow was still alive? You usually chop them up after they’re dead and cutting of the nose is no good way of killing them either. It just makes no sense to do it while they are still alive.

  10. Linda

    April 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Rudolf Steiner tells a story of a dead dog lying in the road and Christ comes along and says ” But look….What beautiful teeth!”
    Something of that here and I have been vegetarian for years.

  11. JoyAccoustics

    April 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I am so glad I am fasting this week. I admit there is something artistic bout this but I was shocked like many . First this was the last thing I expected to see here, and secondly this is not something I want to see anywhere. But it’s worth thinking/contemplating all that the picture really tells us.

  12. Felicia S.

    April 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Please stick to fashion. What was the purpose of putting this on your blog?

    • Simon

      April 18, 2014 at 3:29 am

      You are absolutely right. This is still a fashion blog. At least I hope so. Otherwise I do not come here anymore. Picture does not make sense.

    • Wayde

      April 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

      Felicia; I am fairly sure this is Scott’s blog and he displays what he feels is appropriate. If you want to see glitzy, glamorous fashion and cute little puppies and kittens go start your own blog!

      • Felicia S.

        April 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm

        Wayde,

        The tone of your comment sounds a little pointed. Take a deep breath. Namaste.

      • Joannalogue

        April 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm

        I agree, it’s Scott’s blog. And he puts a great deal of consideration into every pic he chooses to post here. Visitors should take a moment to consider why he has chosen to post this particular image. I suspect he wants us to consider the contradictions we live with but are so often cushioned from in our cosy, Western lives.

  13. léontine

    April 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    il m’a fallu quelques secondes pour identifier l’image !

  14. Madeline

    April 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    This is thought provoking…what is the story behind the gruesomeness. : /

  15. Monsieur Marcel

    April 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Shock value in a Damien Hirst sort of way.
    Something the Haunch of Venison folks might sell.

  16. Genevieve

    April 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I’m a longtime vegan (more than 17 years) and I found this a beautiful image. This is a photography site and although it’s true the subject is usually people’s personal style I find it odd that some commenters are suggesting Scott Schumann should “stick to” photographing fashion or that it’s “insensitive” to have made this photo. To me there are a range of appropriate responses to this image (curiosity, anger at what’s happened to the animals, admiration for the beauty of the shot, even grief) but urging the photographer to censor himself is not one of them. I feel lucky I got to see and think about this sight, one I doubt I ever would have laid eyes on without this photo.

    • Laura

      April 17, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Agreed

    • Lisa

      April 18, 2014 at 4:30 am

      Well said.

    • Jo

      April 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      amen!

    • Clare C

      April 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Well said Genevieve

  17. Sandy

    April 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I love this photo because life is gruesome, surreal, grotesque, barbaric and beautiful. Capturing these images is significant for many reasons.

    reminds me of Man Ray.

  18. berenger

    April 17, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    At first I couldn’t make out what this is… I thought maybe some glossy leather slippers leaning together. When I realised I still saw the beauty of texture. I admire the Peruvians for doing this. We should honour all of the animal that nature was so kind to provide for us, by enjoying it and eating it.

  19. stephen

    April 17, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    photos of animal furs draped across elegant shoulders/photos of llama snouts and mouths displayed in a meat market. so interesting how one use of animals is “beautiful” and fashionable, yet another is something people don’t want to see.

    • une chatte grise

      April 18, 2014 at 2:57 am

      Good point.

    • Serena

      April 27, 2014 at 1:35 am

      Beautifully said.

  20. Ana

    April 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I am going to be a vegetarian.

  21. Eric

    April 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    You just get it, Scott

  22. Sonia

    April 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    great picture. thank you for sharing.

  23. Elle Quinn

    April 17, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you for this. The shock and horror so many people seem to feel at this is understandable coming from our protected western culture. Meat, to most of us, is a tidy package ready to fry up, with no connection to the life it was once attached to. What we all must remember is that nearly every aspect of our lives as humans has some affect on other animals. Vegetarian? Still not innocent… farming of any kind not only is harmful to the environment but causes direct damage to animals such as birds and rodents. Picture a mouse nest ripped in half by a tractor, or a baby bird that’s died because pollution due to farming has made it’s shell too thin. Still feel self-rightious about that kale and tofu in your shopping cart? It’s very easy to point fingers and be horrified, and less easy to take responsibility for the damage we ALL cause.

    • Teresa

      April 19, 2014 at 7:52 am

      I second everything you’ve said! I couldn’t agree more! Thank you!

  24. Bruno

    April 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    mankind is perverted and degenerated.

  25. Valerie

    April 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Really great picture, Sart. It’s different and evokes feelings like a still life.
    To the people offended by this…. Get. Real.
    “Every person is allowed their own lifestyle and religion but no one is allowed to stand on a soapbox and tell others that theirs is right”

    • Sarah

      May 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      If “every person is allowed their own lifestyle and religion” means that they’re allowed to kill whomever they please, I strongly disagree! I sincerely hope that the human race will very soon realize, that the time has come to stop the killing of our fellow earthlings…

      I hope this photo will create a reaction in the people who thoughtlessly eat meat = kill animals!

  26. Ed

    April 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I agree with Genevieve & Sandy, this image made an impact on me and I’m sure I will remember it for a long time. It is tender, beautiful, horrific and sad all at the same time.

  27. Lizykat

    April 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    As I was struggling to understand what I was looking at, thinking it was the backside of something I realized what it was. Ewwww. However, having said that, all parts of animals are or should be used. It would be worse to see them tossed along the side of the road.

    You are a photographer, you take images of things you see; you know you have been successful with an image when people continue to talk about it.

    Tweaking the edges is all about art!

    • Luis

      April 18, 2014 at 12:33 am

      There are cow snouts and they prepare a dish called “zarza de sencca” a kind of salad. I don’t liked… but its some off the particular things you can find around the traditional markets. I made a similar shot months ago… traditional markets in Peru are fascinating!

  28. Simplequietmodern

    April 17, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I’m on the side of unnecessary…in this space. What was the point exactly?

    • Barbara

      April 18, 2014 at 3:58 am

      Isn’t it up to the owner of the blog to determine wether something is neccesary or not, though?

      The refreshing thing about a blog is that is personal and not here to please the (everchanging) needs and wants of a public.

      I love to witness the shifting direction of the camera lens.

      • Darcy H

        April 22, 2014 at 10:32 pm

        Scott Schuman has created a highly visible, and highly successful professional brand called “The Sartorialist,” enjoyed by thousands.

        When an entity breaks brand character, or goes off the grid, so to speak, s/he is effectively breaking a brand promise. S/he has invited us—repeatedly invited us—to experience one thing, and then one day there is another. Trust is lost. Confusion, doubt, and suspicion rush in.

        The brand no long *seems* to know what it is (whether or not that’s even true). And the visitors are now left to define it. The myriad comments are evidence.

        Mr. Schuman gets to do what he wants. So does the audience. (Which could include finding a reliable place to enjoy people + fashion, without feeling tricked.)

  29. Cindy Karnitz

    April 17, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    It is a distinctly Peruvian market image. I applaud your inclusion of it in your Peru pictorial.

  30. Jen

    April 18, 2014 at 12:08 am

    How are you supposed to cook this? I find killing animals cruel but I don’t think I can live without meat. I guess we just have to face reality.

  31. Clotilde

    April 18, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Ben quoi? C’est avec ça qu’on fait la salade de museau! C’est bon!

  32. mridula

    April 18, 2014 at 12:46 am

    So easy to know right away what I am looking at. Here lies your skill and craft. So important to know the part and its relationship to the whole. Here lies your vision. The two – the part and the whole – are inseparable. Take the one away from the other, and in this picture I see them call to each other. Another photographer may have used their skill to illustrate a different vision. These mouths in their tactility and warmth are so alive still. I am a vegetarian but did not read this picture as a tract for vegetarianism. Like other attempts to look at death, this picture has much to say about the profundity of life.

  33. VERONIQUE

    April 18, 2014 at 4:55 am

    I find it strange that a photo of a snout /nose is somehow more inhumane than a photo of a Porter House steak…c’est Bizarre

  34. Ikoyi

    April 18, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Thank you Scott for showing that your eye sees, and captures, all kinds of beauty and your storytelling isn’t limited to the drape of a fabric or the length of a hemline. Keep doing you, baby. I can’t wait to see what you share with us next from this corner of the world, and beyond.

  35. cto

    April 18, 2014 at 8:13 am

    It is a part of the anatomy that holds so many of the senses, contains so many nerve endings.

    I cried when I understood what I was looking at.

    Great photograph,though.

  36. LIZPR

    April 18, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Eeeeeeek!

    What a fascinating and thought-provoking photo!

    Again, time for a “Travel” tab … because this sure ain’t about sartorialism. But I love all your travel photos every bit as much as your fashion and style photos.

    I enjoy how your blog is constantly evolving. If you start including food pics, I certainly wouldn’t have a problem with that…

    http://www.lizpr.com

    • Refusal

      April 19, 2014 at 8:50 am

      For many, this is a food picture.

      • LIZPR

        April 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

        Good point.

  37. Mark Williams

    April 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

    A very artful, evocative photo. Bracing thoughts…inspires macabre thoughts and questions. I still love meat–hard to look away.

    I wish I could detach my nose–living in this dusty urban environment irritates my sinuses!!

    Great shot, Sart.

  38. Jake

    April 18, 2014 at 11:37 am

    It should be a law: Require all vegans and vegetarians to walk behind a combine during the harvest and observe, first-hand, the CARNAGE to animals both large and small.

    Yeah, it takes city folks (and a lot of chutzpah) to embrace the furs on a model’s back, the leather shoes on her feet, etc., while appearing to condemn all the people who eat meat.

    Tsk tsk tsk.

  39. katia

    April 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Jesus Christ i am speechless the picture talks by itself how low can we go as humans we eat yet we can handle how the food comes to our table ,maybe its a lesson to be learned we should respect more our brothers animals too since we still animals because we still kill to eat our simply for pleasure lets give it some thought

  40. katia

    April 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Jesus Christ Iam speechless the picture talks by itself how low can we go as humans we eat yet we can handle how the food comes to our table ,maybe its a lesson to be learned we should respect more our brothers animals too since we still animals because we still kill to eat our simply for pleasure lets give it some thought

  41. Isak

    April 18, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I am a vegetarian…by choice.

    Anyone who is offended at this photo, or what this photo represents and is passing judgement on the people is probably too far removed from reality in the rest of the world. Being a vegetarian is a choice, its far from natural. I do it for health and because I have a deep respect for animals and don’t think they should be butchered in million cow farms so I can snack on beef jerky when I’m bored. This photo represent the antithesis of the vulgarity of the scenario I described before. Utilizing the entire body of the animal is a deep sign of respect and a true indication of necessity. I am sure the snouts aren’t being baked into nuggets that can be eaten to pass the time during half-time of a football game!

    Remember that vegetarianism (and its forms) are a luxury – don’t frown upon the natural order of things because you’ve made the choice to deviate from it.

    • westcoasttiger

      April 20, 2014 at 3:11 am

      I’m a meat eater (primal diet to be specific) and applaud and respect your perspective. I find it refreshing and full of awareness.

    • D.

      April 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

      just loved how balanced and clarified your statement is. You exposed quite well the difference between need x luxury.

  42. Josyjump

    April 19, 2014 at 3:55 am

    I really find these images very thought provoking. I wasn’t sure what they were at first, but after closer examination I realised what they were. Its not as if there is a supermarket just down the road and this is, after all just a natural part of Peruvian life. We have markets in my home town of Romford, England and there is a stall that sells meat, only it is displayed in a different way. What is the difference? We kill animals for food. That is a fact. It is just displayed in a different format. Wrapped up nice and neat in little parcels. It is so easy to make judgements on other peoples cultures from the comfort of our own cosy lives where everything is provided for us. These pictures have made a lot of people stop and think, including me.

  43. Teresa

    April 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Thank you Scott for this and all the other photographs you have been posting whilst in Perú.

    Next time you come to Spain (hopefully very soon!) you must go inside one of our traditional markets and shoot the incredible things we sell in our meet stalls…and Spain is a first world European country!

  44. Natalie

    April 19, 2014 at 11:57 am

    life.
    some find it easy to through it away. not look at it. what we don’t see we need not deal with. when others find their own way of respecting it. respecting it in a way one’s heart tells them is best – which is the only best way one can deal with life.

  45. Molly

    April 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Beautiful photo. A reminder that this is not just a fashion blog; it is a photography blog.

  46. maz

    April 20, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    i lived in cusco for 9 months, theres nothing more interesting to know what they do with this. if u seen the lama fetus then u know its all offered for the pachamama, (mother earth) , as far as i know this are all gifts for sacrifice and not to be used in food or stock. its their culture to do this sort of stuff

  47. sarah

    April 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    How curious that this image has caused such inflamed debate. Nearly every other image on this blog features leather shoes or bags and no one thinks twice. Where do you all think that material comes from??

  48. tallulah

    April 21, 2014 at 6:08 am

    your blog is becoming very strange indeed!

  49. Kendall

    April 21, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Excellent photo. Certainly no part of an animal goes to waste whether it be for food, clothing or utility And as for those who think it cruel, well, perhaps you should take a look the culture first before rendering judgement

  50. PJ

    April 21, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Hope you got a shot of the fetal llamas used in blessings!

  51. Marina B.

    April 22, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Quel horreur)))

  52. coffee break

    April 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    ¡Bienvenidos a America! (America is much bigger and deeper than some of north american inhabitants will ever be able to assimilate)
    Try not to miss it!!

  53. Acacio

    April 23, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Call me lahlah head but I can only see this picture if I think it isn’t real……… It’s just gruesome

  54. Name*

    April 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I really enjoyed this picture, and the comments to follow were also every interesting.
    The comments show a lack of understanding in how livestock are produced and how distant most people are from the production of the food they eat.
    Our highly industrialized culture has allowed us to forget the basics of healthy food and living.
    Thank you for sharing,
    I love the contrast your blog has to offer.

  55. jack

    April 24, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Well I am a vegetarian and this picture is disgusting and represents the reasons I became one in the first place. Absolutely horrible!

  56. Lea

    April 25, 2014 at 2:49 am

    oh my god… I do not want to judge anything with this picture but this is absolutely disgusting…

  57. gina

    April 27, 2014 at 1:07 am

    totally not necessary….really disappointed.

    • The Sartorialist

      April 28, 2014 at 9:25 am

      why?

  58. Eleonora

    April 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    It’s quite terrifying. But I think that a good photographer has to let see (sometimes) the disturbing elements of real life too (that, we know, can be very cruel). It’s true that we need beauty and poetry to live, but we can’t escape by the hardest reality.

  59. Alexandra

    April 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

    If I can’t stand to look at it up close, or to see it in its original state, I don’t eat it.

  60. Christyann

    April 30, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I have been long wondering what comment I should make and if I needed to make one. Reading other viewers’ comments, I somewhat see people standing on both sides of one and the same fence. Those who are disgusted but shall do nothing about it and those who call “this” and all the rest, facts of (human) “c’est la vie” that can have quite an aesthetic twist “under the right light”.

    This image reminds me of pictures of the Armenian genocide where cow muzzles are replaced by severed human heads proudly put on display by their “authors”…

    Judging by the state of the world – and my family’s experience of what men are capable of – I do not need to count people to see where the majority stands.

    And I know a sure way to make all men agree to disagree with me, as words matter more to so-called intelligent men than the reality of actions, by saying that man is the most barbaric and sadistically cruel creature that ever was.

    Just visit an industrial farming compound, a slaughterhouse or any of the animal welfare organizations’ websites and start looking around you – and inside you – instead of away. And stop dismissing animal cruelty by conveniently summoning up human tragedies.

  61. Colbert

    April 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

    This can only end in a moral debate. We think it’s cruel, but there are a lot of things going on in the world we don’t know about and maybe we don’t want to know about. This looks cruel, but tonight you’re going home and eat some meat. Being a vegetarian doesn’t change anything by the way, only when you don’t eat meat at all. When you eat meat-replacers…that’s even worse. Meat-replacers were produced in huge numbers and in a way that is bad for the nature.
    But I do understand this isn’t nice to look at.

  62. Colbert

    April 30, 2014 at 10:39 am

    You can say that you’re dissapointed because of this picture, but then you’re kind of closing your eyes for the world which means you have to be disappointed in yourself.

  63. Annie

    May 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Well that’s something you don’t see at your local Kroger every day…

  64. AY

    May 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Makes me so sad to see this!!

  65. Sophia

    May 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    If you eat the snout, the brain or a filet mignon, how is the cut of the animal any different? It’s still a part of the animal that had to die. This is a shocking photo only because in many cultures that part of the animal isn’t eaten. Cows, dogs, goats, it’s all the same. Definitely time to rethink.

  66. ali

    June 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    i like this, not because i eat meat, it’s because it’s art, it’s a provocation, it’s REAL.

  67. cnistor

    June 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I love seeing The Sartorialist evolve into a blog about cultural style & human connection. Travel opens your eyes to the truth and the beautiful lessons it can teach you. Sometimes it’s not what we sheltered westerners consider pleasant but it is REAL LIFE. I think the commentators that think Scott should only shoot privileged upper class people wearing designer clothing should take a trip outside of there comfort zone and live like the locals do. I GUARANTEE that you will become enchanted by the ebb and flow of real people and feel far less interested in just what is going on the streets during fashion week! I think it is exciting to see the shift in consciousness happen in our western culture!

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