1. Ramona

    April 18, 2014 at 9:23 am

    It made me watch it for a few minutes..


  2. elena

    April 18, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Beautiful Peru series is my absolute favorite!!! You always capture incredible moments!

  3. ClaudiaJeann

    April 18, 2014 at 9:45 am

    A mini fashionista!!!

  4. kelsey

    April 18, 2014 at 9:58 am

    this is such an evocative and powerful image
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  5. andreea

    April 18, 2014 at 10:02 am

    i’m glad that these peruvian people had the chance to be visible :)


  6. Joan

    April 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I love this picture, it reminds me of a parochial school

  7. supal {chevrons & éclairs}

    April 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Love how no matter what, rain or shine, there is always a bit of vibrancy. Also, I adore your photos of children. They’re so soft.


  8. Kada

    April 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Lovely! the hat and the cheeks…the first made with natural dyes and the former with the effect of cold up there that make children
    look so cute…

  9. Anonymous

    April 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Beautiful series! Thanks!

  10. nicole cal rodriguez

    April 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    gorgeous. beyond fashionista. a taste maker. as many from rich cultures are. recognition, zero.

  11. Eva

    April 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  12. Lindsey

    April 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Love the hat! Adorable!

  13. Chahrazad

    April 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Beautiful shoot Scott! Is photograph that tells a store. <3


  14. Anna

    April 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm

  15. an enthusiast

    April 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    even though the moments are well caught, and that your images from Peru carry a great degree of “beauty”, I ultimately feel slightly uncomfortable with viewing them on this site, because they fall into the realm of turning and considering the poor and disadvantaged people as exotic clothing racks, and your viewers comments testify to this colonial way of relating to other cultures without considering the circumstances which give rise to sartorial sensibilities which often are based on very limited resources and much hardship,
    not really sure how to understand or appreciate your sentiments and ethics in capturing these individuals

    • Sarah

      April 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks for articulating far better than I did what I tried to articulate before. I meant to respect Scott’s eye and the vibrancy he sees in his subjects, but was/am uncomfortable with the series. I read an old interview in which Scott mentioned the desire to photograph people in “folkloric costume” (he may have never said this – I know how interviews go). But the trouble is, “folkloric” and “costume” are not what people actually wear, but rather what observers who don’t know the people call what the people are wearing — the colonial perspective to which you refer. I was sorry to have offended Scott, and have learned to be careful because I failed to communicate my concern well– so thanks for your thoughtful comment.

      • julia

        April 21, 2014 at 4:43 am

        Actually the best way to see “people wearing folkloric costumes” is to come to Norway on 17 of may. Then you really have the chance to see “costumes” that cost great amounts of money and are worn by people who chose them both to show their attitude to tradition and wealth.

    • Li

      April 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I totally agree with you, these pictures on this site fall almost flat, because having been mainly a street fashion blog, the kind of audience has a very different ‘lens’ through which decode the images. It is not about glamourizing the poor, it is about understanding a different culture. I am from South America, Argentina to be more exact, and in the north of my country it is very ususal to see women, men and children dressed in these colors and shapes, and this way of dressing has a purpose, it’s not solely ‘a color blocking’ outfit, I would like to see a short interview expressing why are they dressed like that. It will absolutely give a more deep idea of the culture.

      • ThomasEU

        April 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm

        Glad to see this being discussed as I was very uncomfortable with these shots.

      • Trinity

        April 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

        Why shy away from other cultures just because some of us are used to being bigger consumers? These people are just living their lives, and they happen to be in totally beautiful color combinations meant by Scott, I’m sure, to inspire us with our own wardrobes.

        I love the photos. I don’t feel uncomfortable. I am totally inspired, but in more ways than one. I totally appreciate a culture that spends time outdoors, stays in close proximity to family and adheres to longstanding cultural traditions.

        Well done, Scott! Who could blame you for such gorgeous captures?!

    • VKD

      April 21, 2014 at 11:22 am

      I find it very disturbing and insensitive that you, Scott, would put a photograph of what is clearly an impoverished child in the context of a fashion blog and claim that this child is somehow fashion forward. This series, along with your other “foreign, exotic” photographs, posted next to images Franca Sozzani and Giovanna Battaglia, shows a marked lack of historical perspective (i.e., colonialism) especially in the context of the growing number of poor in America and the world. The poor are not to be fetishized. I am finished with your blog.

      • Paula

        April 22, 2014 at 12:34 am

        Obviously you’re correct: poverty and suffering are never to be interpreted as glamorous. However, I feel like time and time again, what Scott has tried to portray is the inherent, almost biological, nature of style. That it does not matter if you’re Rei, or Eva, or ADR, or this little girl, style is something that is wholly human. You’re life does not have to center around fashion to have style– it just is. And that’s beautiful.

    • The Sartorialist

      April 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      I treat the subjects the same way I treat the subjects anywhere else. To me Paris and Milan are just as exotic as Peru or Morocco.

      • an enthusiast

        April 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm

        I am afraid you don’t Scott, you tend to very carefully select and edit your subjects, locations and the posted photographs, and this is precisely the point that some of us are trying to make. By placing an image of an impoverished child caught behind a fence, resembling a neglected caged bird, in the context of a fashion/street photography blog, you are perpetuating a rather patronising and narrow point of view toward the so called “Other”cultures that you aim to understand and represent.

        If you had photographed the very same scenario, as depicted in this picture, a child in a set of dirty attire looking through a fence in an urban landscape, for example somewhere in downtown L.A, or in any other major city in the U.S., none of your viewers would have posted comments describing the image as ‘inspiring’, ‘natural’, ‘beautiful’, so on and so forth, instead all sort of human rights related issues would have come up, and I bet you would not have even posted such a photograph from any location in your own country

        Scott, when it comes to politics of representation ‘context’ is everything, the same image is read very differently when placed in different contexts, surely you know this!? I would have read this image very differently if it was published on the pages of national geography mag, yet I know that even they would not have published this photograph, for so many other reasons that I don’t think it is appropriate to get into right now

        I strongly recommend that you might kindly consider building up a reading list on post-colonial theories written by individuals whom invested their lives in challenging the ways and the contexts in which we continue to represent and mis-represent each “other”, before you visit any other so called foreign, exotic or Southern or Eastern locations which are to you no different to Paris and Milan!

        • The Sartorialist

          April 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

          An Enthusiast
          How would you post this photo? As a photographer when you see a moment like that you shoot it and you share it. Sorry if its not the perfect “context” for you but its the only outlet I have.

          So how would you have done it?

          • an enthusiast

            May 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

            in my opinion, that perfect context that you refer to does not exist, and I can assure you I do not expect for it to do so, life is not one big fashion show, polluted by wannabes and ‘hey, look at me people ‘,

            rather the challenge rests in how we locate and place what we extract from the world and the way we offer and present it to one another, that matters most, this is called the politics of representation, luckily we are all constantly creating new contexts, don’t you think so? and this where it all gets complicated………

            you decided to lift and extract an image from this young girl in order to present it to us as a street/fashion statement, this statement is clearly yours and not hers, its very imposing and careless of you to do so!

            one of the viewers/readers below thanks you for giving “Peruvian” people much exposure and dignity, as if they inherently lack ‘dignity’, and that it is up to a photographer such as yourself to lend and bless them with such virtues!

            I really don’t understand why you can not consider and feel the reality of this image for a moment, and that you just see it as a visual or cultural novelty, one which you strongly and stubbornly feel responsible to share with us!

            did you for a moment consider wether you as a child would have appreciated being photographed in such similar circumstances? SCOTT where is your empathy? really?

            by NOT photographing a person it does not mean that you have ignored them, [the world and its more or less fashionable inhabitants are not sitting around or standing by waiting for your acknowledgement], you ignore people when you ignore their reality….or misplace and misrepresent their realities….and when you see them just as interesting imagery, reduced to an amusing surface……..maybe you can never feel my words…..because you come from a position of power, the power of an onlooker behind an expensive lens, I therefore invite you to step to other side, and even if you can momentarily locate yourself ‘in her shoes’, that would be a fashion statement in itself!
            thank you!

        • Patrick

          April 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

          I am glad that the preceding discussion has taken place. There were times that I was uncomfortable with certain photographs; rather, I was uncomfortable with certain photographs being assessed as fashion statements, fashion choices when, in fact, the subject was probably wearing the only thing they had to wear. I think my discomfort is not so much with the fact that Scott has placed the photos here but with the blithe, “colonialist” comments those photos have generated.

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  20. sliceoflondonlife

    April 19, 2014 at 5:59 am

    I couldn’t disagree more with the comment above. I love this series for the dignity you give your subjects.

    Shooting them in the same way that I’ve seen countless fashion shot in the high-end fashion glossy magazines is saying that their culture is as important as Western culture. The world is a big place with many different cultures – none more important than any other and this series goes addresses that.

    Keep ‘em coming!

  21. divali

    April 19, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I must admit that ‘An enthusiast’ does have a very relevant point and although we all love your Fashion shots, coming from an impoverished country they can make one wonder upon the integrity of the project

    • westcoasttiger

      April 20, 2014 at 3:31 am

      Any lack of integrity connected with a photograph such as this could only lie with a particular viewer’s lack of perspective. Photos like this only confirm Scott is a photographer first and a recorder of today’s fashion second, and faithful readers are better for it. It is an interesting dichotomy to me to have photographs sometimes of presumed (on my part) shallow and self-adsorbed individuals juxtaposed with those around the world outside of western culture that go about the business of living each day without the notion of leisure. There is opposition in all things and if not for exposure to subject matter in this latest series, how else is one to appreciate the luxury of leisure?

      • julia

        April 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

        What I find irritating in these photos is the “exotic impoverished” context. Lots of poor people on the streets of Paris and NY probably never grab any bloggers attention just because being simply poor and not so ‘exotic’

        • The Sartorialist

          April 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm

          so how should i have done this?
          ignore the people I shot?

          • julia

            April 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm

            For me showing all aspects of beauty without showing the obvious gap between the rich and the poor would sound interesting. Probably the poor ones in NY might also be inspiring even without the label “exotic” (even if they are somehow exotic for people like me who never been in NY)

        • westcoasttiger

          April 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm

          I see those people everyday here in America Julia, and I’m pretty sure Scott does too; anyone who ventures outside his or her home can see that. One of the things that interests me is how people live outside of America, especially in third-world countries, places I know I’ll never be able to afford to visit. Scott often presents a glimpse of those places for me. I don’t see his choices as omission but rather furthering his readers’ scope.

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    April 20, 2014 at 6:04 am

    The child’s shirt is absolutely filthy if you take a closer look. She probably doesn’t have another right now, or she needs to keep it on for warmth. I cannot focus on a charming hat when there are more important issues revealed through this photo.

    • zuperserena

      April 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      It´s all relative. I met children such as these in Cuzco and Bolivia. They spoke 3 languages, aymara or qechua, spanish and functional english. They knew more about their culture and the history of their country than an average senior in a privileged high-school in my country does about ours (also in South America, and I would bet that this comparison also holds true for most American highschoolers)They seemed happy, relaxed and sociable. Their mothers carry them on their backs for at least a year. The babies are always quiet and attentive. I traveled in Peru for a month. It was absolutely filled with children. I never heard a baby or a child cry. Their clothes are dirty for western standards. Washing is done by hand, and children play and work in fields and unpaved roads all the time. There is a lot of mud. They probably have few clothes. But I do not know that their lives are unhappier than those of western children.

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  32. McKenzie

    April 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm

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  33. marion

    April 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    What a mixed bag of comments here! As always, your photos are provocative and striking. I’ve lived in the Bay Islands of Honduras for more than 30 years. Yes, one must find a way to wrap their mind around the contrast of luxury and abject poverty… it becomes a part of your life and definitely one of the challenges of living here. I find the contrasts in this photo intriguing… the fence so tall and “hard edge” yet with a hole in it large enough for a horse pass through… and this beautiful rosy-cheeked child with her western clothing done up to look traditional. It’s like reading a book…

  34. Paula

    April 20, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve been following this blog since I was in high school, and I feel like I’ve grown with it. The series in Peru has, for me, not only been one of the most brilliant moments of the blog, it’s also an indicator of everything the blog encompasses. Beautifully done.

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  38. A sartorial wannabe

    April 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I love when Scott’s photos go beyond ‘fashion’ and simply capture ‘beauty’. I grew up in Ecuador, also poor, and I dont find this image offensive. Poor kids deserve to be noticed too. Its a great portrait, thanks for sharing.

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