Thursday, July 20, 2006

At Calvin Klein, Milan

The space for the Calvin Klein show in Milan was really small but beautiful with perfect lighting. There were a lot of great looking people at the show and since the space was so tight I decided to sit outside and review my shots,

As I’m sitting there I look out to the back courtyard and see a group of painters taking an afternoon break. One guy absolutely stands-out, its the scarf – really, what American house-painter wears a scarf that way to paint! Brilliant.

And that face!

I knew the shot was going to be great and I didn’t want to let it get away so I walked out, smiled, and kinda grabbed his arm and pulled him into the space and set him up against the same wall I had shot the other fashionistas. He was a little shocked but also flattered because I took several shots and he seemed very happy to participate.

I don’t speak Italian but when he got back to the other painters I could tell they were really riding him! You don’t need to speak Italian to imagine they were calling him “model boy” for the rest of the afternoon! Thanks painter guy – you made my day!!

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  1. argos

    July 20, 2006 at 8:25 am

    I really enjoyed this photo. Such an indigenous quality about him. The scarf really provides a little drama but his face, yes! It’s a classic. Good eye.

  2. Anonymous

    July 20, 2006 at 8:40 am

    He’s got a kind,wise look on his face.The paint on his clothes sure adds character.

  3. Anonymous

    July 20, 2006 at 8:48 am

    Absolutely wonderful story and photo! Thanks!

  4. Alice Olive

    July 20, 2006 at 9:16 am

    I remembered this shot from when you were in Milan. It is a great photo! Very ‘faces of the city’. I like that he’s posed for you and looks quite relaxed/confident.

  5. Maria

    July 20, 2006 at 9:17 am

    it is awesome that your explorations go where people are not expected to find beauty. I love this image. Mr painter guy is beautiful.

  6. Francois

    July 20, 2006 at 9:43 am

    If I remember correctly Jack Kerouac wrote in the introduction to Robert Frank’s book The Americans: You got the eye!
    Sartorialist; you have the eye, the humor and you don’t seem to take a day off!

  7. shobhana

    July 20, 2006 at 9:54 am

    i love this! and what i love most about you is that you recognize and celebrate everyone’s unique style and not just the style of the so-called fashionistas.

  8. Anonymous

    July 20, 2006 at 10:58 am

    j’adore cette photo!!!! pleine de caractère! bravo

  9. WWND

    July 20, 2006 at 11:15 am

    aww, he’s cute!

  10. Anonymous

    July 20, 2006 at 11:28 am

    see, this post is why i keep reading your blog. your eye for style is uniquely humble and humane. what a great story and a great shot.

  11. Anonymous

    July 20, 2006 at 11:56 am

    what a cutie!! he looks like a “Luigi” to me.

  12. Anonymous

    July 20, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    if he he was wearing a cap, he would look like Super Mario :D

  13. Anonymous

    July 20, 2006 at 3:52 pm

    I think that is the best photo you have EVER taken! LOL

  14. Anonymous

    July 20, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – thank you my dear.

  15. Natalie

    July 20, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    I love it! It’s so Italian.

  16. Daniela

    July 20, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    A person can buy nice clothes, but never style.
    Great shot!

  17. Anonymous

    July 20, 2006 at 8:18 pm

    This guy, whose expression conveys a mixture of honest good-humored openness and puzzlement, pleasure and embarrassment, radiates human warmth. He has something in common with your women-with-great-hair-and-great-smiles, I think.

  18. hildemhg

    July 20, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    So Avedon! love that you once in a while put the focus away from everything but the presence of a human beeing, thats why I always look forward to waking up in the morning and view your posts…

  19. antigone.

    July 20, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    i love this shot!!!
    i’m such a big fan of this site. hope to see more interesting photos.

  20. pj

    July 20, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    i like this shot very much. and you have perfect eyes to eye something like that. i like this kinda shots much more than those other model-like fashionistas

  21. ClavdiaChauchat

    July 20, 2006 at 10:12 pm

    Beautiful, I love the half-exasperated look on his face.

    You’ve been fantastic lately on this blog, all the best!

  22. Sariw

    July 21, 2006 at 5:01 am

    he is so cute! A real italian!

  23. Anonymous

    July 21, 2006 at 7:27 am

    Beautiful, and even…hot!

  24. Anonymous

    July 21, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    Delurking…

    I really like your blog and photos, but you are at your best wity the portraits.

    Wonderful picture. How nice would it be if you could print the picture and send it to him?

  25. Maria

    July 23, 2006 at 1:46 am

    I second that idea (if I may) to sent the painter the image.

  26. Anonymous

    July 23, 2006 at 2:22 pm

    This person shines!!!

  27. Blue Floppy Hat

    July 29, 2006 at 10:12 am

    This is easily one of the best shots I’ve ever seen anywhere, forget about on the blog, and I think it’s just made by the fact that the man seems to have so much character and you captured it beautifully.I’d third the idea to send him the picture if you knew how to get in touch with him :)

  28. Sniper

    August 2, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    How lovely! I don’t know which is cuter, the story of the picture.

  29. phish

    October 11, 2007 at 3:22 am

    and you just made mine. awesome.

  30. Anonymous

    April 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    this photo is lovely. i love the personality you’ve captured. its beautiful in a very untouched, indescribable way. of course old slightly wrinkled men are not your conventional idea of beauty, but your ability to capture this man’s persona is what makes it lovely. great work.

  31. Anonymous

    July 12, 2008 at 7:39 am

    he reminds me of mario!he looks very happy :)

  32. AdamfromVA

    January 12, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    he looks like my french teacher

  33. Victoria Karkoulas

    May 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    He makes me smile everytime i look @ that photograph…i love it.

  34. Dreamer in Canada

    August 21, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Oh the story makes this photo priceless! That you can see the beauty in a simple Italian painter(a real person)and see him as worthy of being shot in the same place as wealthy models really says something about you :) The photograph is so beautiful too! I love the paint spatters on his clothing, and the look in his face!

  35. robinbenito

    September 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    hehe love it! the pic and the story are gorgeous! thx for sharing, lit up my mood aswell =)

  36. asuka

    December 5, 2009 at 11:41 am

    very simple and humble..love this picture too..:D [hope you could come to malaysia too and raid our styles here..:D]

  37. Dusk

    March 1, 2010 at 6:23 am

    This image is so rich. This man loves being alive and that just makes him so sexy! Wish that didn't read as corny as it sounds!
    Yes, easily my favourite photo. And you recount that moment so well, feel I was there.

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    April 22, 2010 at 7:00 am

    I really like your blog and photos, but you are at your best wity the portraits.

    Wonderful picture. How nice would it be if you could print the picture and send it to him,

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  39. Anonymous

    July 16, 2010 at 5:26 am

    MY GOD !
    i adore italian people ..
    you captured the 'culture' in this one shot ..bravo !

  40. Anonymous

    July 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I love this photo – what a genuine style and happiness he has. It demonstrates that you dont need to be told by others how to be or what to wear to be fashionable. In a world where everything is feeling very deliberate and manufactured this is delightful and refreshing!

  41. Anonymous

    March 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    He looks exactly like Mario Bros. straight out of the computer game.
    Perfect!

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