This is a great photo, worthy of a magazine cover. I really love it– the spectators all bundled against the cold, with this rosey legged, springy shod model showing the way out– which the little girl seems to recognize! Follow her! What a delightful picture.
I’m torn on this picture. The moment you captured and the composition of the picture is amazing. But, seeing the expression on the young female raises the question of how she is interpreting gender roles, body image and so on through the fashion show.
Sart…I love this. The composition and light and expressions, the textures and colors. I think I need a copy of this photo and wonder if you sell them? I am in Paris for the shows and hope to meet you near the Carrousel du Louvre today maybe.
My favorite facet of your photography is the serendipity in every shot– that it’s seldom set up yet the composition is still impeccable. And for this alone, this photograph and a number in your collection, i dare say, can stand beside an Annie Leibovitz and still hold their own.
In my opinion your best shot yet, not surprisingly because this is the least person-oriented and the most scene-oriented, and as good as portrait photography can be, it will never match street/documentary shooting.
You have always had an excellent eye for style, that’s obvious. But this, this is your best work ever because it reveals your true talent for capturing the moment-which is far harder to do. This is true sartorialist gold, and a very lasting image. I can’t get it out of my mind. Bravo.
Who knows what’s inside that little head? A few years ago my sister and her daughter were watching the Miss America Pageant. During the evening gown event my sister named her favorite contestant. “But, mom,” my niece protested, “her dress hardly has any sparkles.”
A word of warning: Don’t be too impressed by the kind of cliche photograph that this is. It looks like a nice photo because we’ve seen it a thousand times before. It’s a bit sacharine. Stick to what you do best, or you’ll get lost in mediocre land.
My second comment on this terrific shot. I just realized looking at it again–the mitten is so key. As another person said, an aspect of the photo is provoking the thought of how this girl will be influenced by fashion, so is totally un-self conscious now, as proved by the functional mitten. The light, the composition, the colors, seeing it all from down at her perspective ie shoes and leg only–love it!! The fact that she is taken with the pink, the sparkly shoes, the shiny dress, things a little girls would love. Anyway, as others have pointed out, your photos are changing. It is less the people and more of your craft.
I love that the lady’s lips and the little girl’s mitten look like the same colour as the model’s nylons. It is very symbolic, and also the lady and girl remind me of the past (like the time when the book A Little Princess was set, in England,) and the model reminds me of the future. Really an accomplishment.
I’m smitten! C’est parfait! The allure of fashion, the tidy chic of the little girl, the attending ear of her maman…this is simply wonderful. Congrats on a beautiful commentary on the power of beauty and love.
Sart: A friend of mine who is a photographer says there’s no way this wasn’t staged with models. I told him he was nuts, that it’s a candid shot! Can you provide any info about where you took it so I can shove that in his face? I believe in you totally! big fan
omg!!! that seriously is one of the most beautiful pictures I have seen. It’s so perfect. the contrast in light, subject matter, the expression. It’s such a perfect moment. You know, one of my friend’s said that “great photos are by chances, not by techniques.” And this is so true. You truly captured a great moment.
I don’t know much about photography but Mr. S you have captured a truly raw and beautiful moment. A moment between mother and daughter. A moment which defines one’s love affair with fashion. A moment almost every girl- both young and old dreams about. Thank you.
almost everything’s been said – the composition, the captured moment… this is definitely my new favourite photo! but I’d also express how much I’m inspired by the mum and daughter’s style. the palette may be “rugged” next to the model’s look, but the outfits are quite sartorial. the girl’s shades of grey with the mitten that pops! the mum’s classic elegance – if I was working fashion week, I would totally live in great jeans with a great shirt and a great coat and scarf. thank you for your beautiful work!
i know others have called attention to this and i’m so happy that it keeps occuring, but i think it’s wonderful that more and more pictures are appearing with complicated compositions.
while i love the front on/side on almost documentary style photos you have posted over the years, photos like this seem so much more magical and vibrant. you can imagine what that cute little girl is asking or pointing out to her mother. fantastic.
I love that it doesn’t focus on the dress at all. Although I was just admiring a runway shot of what I think is the same dress. It’s off-the-shoulder with elbow length sleeves and covered in gold staples. The model has the word “NO” painted in black across her face.
This is my favourite shots of yours. The red tights against the girls red mitts is perfect. The expressions on mother and daughters face is so joyous and natural. A beautifullyt candid yet stylish photo. Very well done.
I’ve never posted before, but *love* viewing your pictures — and this one actually made the area behind my sternum ache! Yes, I love the comp., and the lighting, and the moment, and the colors, and the emotions, and the contrasts, and the poss. social commentary — but why has no-one remarked on the almost impossible prettiness of the young mother, or the ineluctable “Frenchness” of her face and slim figure, or on her seemingly-effortlessly beautiful/funtional clothes? Or on the wonderful outfit on the little girl? (Those aren’t *just* funtional mittens, with such adorable baubles on them.) The whole thing — such civility-without-snobbery! (Could an American *ever* pull this off?? (-: )
oh! this is timeless. makes me wonder about their lives.. they almost don’t even fit in the shot. so unpretentious and innocent down to the mothers shoes and look on the little girls face. i absolutely love it. first time i’ve commented on your site, but i visit frequently and this photo truly touched me.
I’ve followed your blog for over a year and never commented, but I felt I had to with this shot.
the photo is incredible. your photography is inspirational. if I could shoot half as well as you I would be content! and that’s not even mentioning your wonderful eye for fashion. thank you for this blog!
I must say that I check your blog habitually, almost addictively. I always love your pictures & definitely enjoy seeing the world of fashion or as I consider it the fashion of our world. This particular picture is to me the best one yet. Not only is the composition amazing, but the subject matter is one that touches an emotional chord – not just an asthetic of fashion but a view into life’s precious moments! Keep taking your pictures to share in things like this… well it is truly magical.
Fantastic shot! What a capture! Her little face is so lit up and I love the expression on her mother’s (I assume) face too. And with those long legs just coming into view – this is an amazing shot – has to be in your next exhibition!!
I think this is my current favorite photo on your website! But then again, there are so many! You are an amazing photographer and I love the spontaneity of your shots. The look in their eyes is priceless. Your exhibit at Danzinger was great!
I can’t believe there weren’t more complicated reactions to this photo. Beauty is beautiful to look at, and I love this site — but a 6-year-old in the front row of a Paris fashion show makes me cringe. For someone to compare it to Charlie Chaplin and the Kid… did you see that movie? It was almost the antithesis of this scene. I hope this doesn’t come off as a blind rant; I can definitely see what’s beautiful about this photo, but what’s interesting about it is the questions it raises.
Yes, the child there is the picture of awe, fancy, happiness. I remember going (just a little bit older) to some “passagens de modelo” as we called it in my country then and they are memories of wonder. As healthy and real as putting a child in touch with every possible life difference and condition!
Made even more perfect by the child-sized bench =) I don’t find the body-image issues this girl may develop as a concern as other people have mentioned because I think at that age she’s just in awr of the beautiful clothes and people that resemble life-size dolls. Imagine the magic of being so young and watching all those beautiful women and feeling so special at a grown-ups event!