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  1. Lindsey

    August 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    This is a nice departure… beautiful shot.

  2. Just another blog junkie

    August 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Hats off, that is a very powerful photo. I like how it has nothing to do with fashion but instead a slice a NYC in the present. Thanks for a sharing

    • SM

      August 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Agreed, i like the variety of photos

    • Cat Alberts

      August 29, 2012 at 6:09 am

      I agree this is a powerful image. It has the same quality as some amazing photo journalism from the 80-s. I would love to see more of these glimpses of the grittier part of new york.

    • martine

      September 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Indeed. An amazing portrait. I could look at it all day. A nice departure is just how i would put it.

    • Sharpen Style

      September 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Totally agree, such a powerful photo!
      I love this blog, not only because of its impecable street style shoots that really inspire me on a daily basis, but for Scott Schuman´s way to see life and things around him.
      Great photo!

  3. Lisa O.

    August 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    what’s cookin’?

    • Lisa O.

      August 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      I mean, I don’t think this tells any obvious story, I don’t need one. I like that it’s mysterious to me :)

  4. Tyler c

    August 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    This is an excellent photograph…the stories that it tells.

  5. Rita

    August 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Steam, rain. A woman leans her forehead wearily against cool metal, exhales, envisions her childhood home – far off, across the Pacific. A dapper bicyclist clicks the shutters to take the scene.

  6. TemporarySF

    August 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Nice B/W photography.

  7. Ñimma

    August 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    This photo make me feel… so real


  8. Elizabeth

    August 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm


  9. Votre Amie

    August 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    At work – Raw and beautiful

  10. Rich Beaubien

    August 28, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Nice to see some edginess coming into your photography. This is wonderful capture of a typical scene in NYC’s Chinatown. But only gotten if you have your eyes open.

  11. Tiffany

    August 28, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    It’s cliché, but they say that a photograph speaks a thousand words. And they were probably referring to this photograph when they said that. The black and white more acutely depicts her fatigue. I love the language in this photograph <3

  12. SM

    August 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    this is an amazing photo! It’s beautiful!

  13. sarah

    August 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    what an odd contrast from the beautiful affluence you normally photograph.

  14. Arthur Bueno

    August 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I am definitely a fan of this. Just like the earlier comments in doesn’t necessarily connect with fashion, but to show the atmosphere that is New York. Great job my friend! I love it!

    Arthur Bueno

  15. c woodyard

    August 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    A loaded pic……beautiful and sad and……….

  16. Sarte

    August 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Hats of Mr. Schuman!!
    Beautiful picture!! Your talent is far reached!
    Thank you for sharing!

  17. sanmiguelense

    August 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Really great. Bravo!

  18. Lillian_Delacour

    August 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    A photo taken in the right split-second, and suddenly we’re in a city exploding with economic growth on the Yangtze instead of well-worn New York. Brilliant.

  19. Jennifer

    August 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I can’t get over your photography!

    xo Jennifer

  20. Kate

    August 28, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Beautiful raw photo

  21. Brendan

    August 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    What an incredible photo. Reminds of Jules Aarons’ street photography of Boston in the 1940s and 1950s.

  22. Gray Cat Can Fly

    August 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I love this shot because it reminds me of photos of immigrants coming through New York to the United States. This is something often forgotten with modern NY since so many people associate the city with money and fashion, yet forget about the dynamic melange of the drive of those who finance this city and the dreams of the every day people who have breathed life into it.

    Thank you for showing that life is not only about fashion and beauty, but also about the hard work that so many of us take part in every day to try to make the best of our lives.

    • Amber

      August 29, 2012 at 2:24 am

      Love this. That is why this photo belongs here.

  23. rita

    August 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    come to china i will show you real

  24. jsk

    August 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    This is the direction you want to go if you want to be remembered as a great photographer. The best yet. Less fluff, more substance and humanity.

    • sanmiguelense

      August 29, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Correct. Henri Cartier-Bresson.

  25. CBC

    August 28, 2012 at 11:14 pm


  26. mommybear

    August 28, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Go Scott go!

  27. Kelly

    August 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Such humanity, humility and substance. This picture tells a story. Thank you for the great pictures.

  28. annamaria potamiti

    August 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Great photo!

  29. Jab

    August 29, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Wow in this heat feel for her hard work to be in such a small closed unit but what a great moment that brings us to reality of life.

  30. Name*ramiro

    August 29, 2012 at 1:02 am

    This picture remind me joel peter within. It’s so good!

  31. Maggie

    August 29, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Whoa, I have saw scenes like this in Chinatown a lot but I have never thought the black and white could create a powerful story like this. The monotone illustrates the hardship as a result of life; it’s brilliant!

  32. Tammara Shelley

    August 29, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Nice picture. Real definition of a street huh!

  33. Marion

    August 29, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Nice composition and great atmosphere!

  34. Irene's Closet

    August 29, 2012 at 1:37 am

    wow what a shoot!


  35. Johnny

    August 29, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I really love the expression in her eyes!

  36. Anoushka

    August 29, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Amazing shot!

  37. Stacey Sweeney

    August 29, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Pictures always brings memories and this one is no exception it real tells something, there is more to this photo than what mets the eye.

  38. sunday's child

    August 29, 2012 at 2:15 am

    hard work is always in fashion. great capture!

  39. Innes

    August 29, 2012 at 2:50 am

    This is a jaw-droppingly beautiful shot. Thank you for inspiring me, and reminding us of all the different places where beauty can be found.

  40. Natasha Mohide

    August 29, 2012 at 3:29 am


  41. GiGi

    August 29, 2012 at 3:49 am

    This is really good. She has a halo around around her head. Saintly. Really great.
    And the eggs… really amazing.

  42. Donna

    August 29, 2012 at 4:05 am

    A real photo…

  43. Eva

    August 29, 2012 at 4:07 am

  44. joshua

    August 29, 2012 at 4:24 am

    This is a nice picture…beautiful shot


    August 29, 2012 at 4:28 am

    beautiful picture!!!

  46. Jackie

    August 29, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Proof that a picture can speak a thousand words, absolutly anything can be running through her thoughts. I can look at a shot like this for hours and imagine all sorts of stories ! Wonderful, Mr. Schuman !

  47. peasandcarrots

    August 29, 2012 at 5:07 am

    …as I sit here at work browsing your blog and online shopping (in fact I am too cold and was just complaining about the air conditioning), the first pic is of a lady in sweltering steam and looks as if she barely gets a lunch. Good one Scott. You do not know the depth of your talent my friend.

  48. Laura

    August 29, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Wow, really great shot! Her serious face, the steam, the black and white, perfect!

  49. Remy

    August 29, 2012 at 5:31 am

    This reminds me of the war pictures by Cecil Beaton, an other fashion photographer who shot one masterpiece after another. Breathtaking.
    Greetings from Amsterdam.

  50. Opposite Lipstick

    August 29, 2012 at 5:33 am

  51. Marina

    August 29, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Oui la photo est belle, mais je regrette que l’habit ne soit pas mieux mis en valeur.
    The Sartorialist a pour thématique l’habit? Là, je le vois pas. HS.
    Mais sortie de cette thématique, bien sûr que la photo est belle.

  52. notsurebut

    August 29, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Steven Siegel said
    1980s-era New York was an edgier, riskier, dirtier, tenser, more dangerous and chaotic place. I think that fairly comes through in my images.
    I think sometimes we need to look a little more closely at whats around us images like this bring that home to me.

  53. This is Belgium

    August 29, 2012 at 7:23 am

    photographs like this catch your attention and MEAN something… no words are necessary because the image says it all
    the definition of a great shot !

  54. Stephanie

    August 29, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I’ve had this huge crush on NYC for a long time, but I know it can’t be all wall street and 5th ave types. So i love when i see photos like your showing me sights of the city i wouldn’t normally see. Also, all i’ve got as a reference are photos such as yours, since i’ve never been to NYC, not yet at least.

    • Chtoune

      August 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

      I have exactly the same feeling. You named it rigut

  55. Miguel

    August 29, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Beautiful picture! Dramatic, anthropological, timeless…. Wow!

  56. Emma Howard

    August 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    “One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”

    Georgia O’Keeffe

  57. almudena

    August 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

  58. anonymous

    August 29, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Haunting photo! Thanks.

  59. Sharron

    August 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

    A beautiful painting

  60. Gigi

    August 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I love when you surprise us with these departures from your usual art. You have an eye for beauty, Scott, in so many forms. Thank you.

  61. Shai Wallach

    August 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I love the moodiness of this photo and her expression is absolutely perfect.

  62. ttea

    August 29, 2012 at 10:02 am

    What an amazing photo. There’s very little really I can say here that isn’t already said by the photo. Needless to say the composition and use of black and white is perfect.

  63. Sevan

    August 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Your work doesn’t cease to amaze me and when I think I’m lulled into the world of youth and beauty, for example the pictures of backless dresses, flowing hair, fashionable men, I’m pulled back into reality with a black and white photo of a lonely older man on the street or a hard working woman in the kitchen of a busy eatery. There is a culture shock in your photos that reminds me constantly of the world I live in, but not in a bad way. It’s just reality.

  64. Laure

    August 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

    It’s nice to see a photo that speaks about poverty on a fashion blog. Well done!

  65. Monsieur Marcel

    August 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Carrying the tradition of social documentary photography started by Jacob Riis…

  66. Andrew D.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I’m a huge fan of Scott’s work but am I the only one who doesn’t think this is a great photo?

    The composition seems off to me… The lines of the cart, window and garbage bag create a giant ‘+’ sign that draw your attention away from the subject (the woman) and compounding that is the fact that her face is half obscured by the edge of the cart.

    • uptowngirl

      August 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      finally i came across a comment like this- i agree with you completely, on this one. i love Scott’s shots but not this one.

    • Monsieur Marcel

      August 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      My attention is definitely drawn away from the woman, but not for the reasons you mentioned; the intensity of her mood (and her perceived lot in life) is almost too unpleassnt to bear. Scott’s shown enough happy, successful people…a somber image is a challenge to observe, but worth the effort.

  67. Lindy702

    August 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I love the moodiness of this and the fact that the composition is muted. All components are beautifully placed, her face, the eggs and window area. This is what makes ‘Chinatown’ a mystery. Brilliant shot Scott!

  68. daniel barrera

    August 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    true street vision…

  69. Tat

    August 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I haven’t been able to stop myself from starring at this photo, from coming back to it, over and over again.

    I love the soft curves and lines of the eggs, that translate to her face, and into the steam which then are juxtaposed with the hard lines of the cart, and the used up feel of the tarp.

    This photograph is both painfully hard and beautifully soft at the same time. It is balance in all of its entirety.

    Thank you for sharing.

  70. Maria (from Cambridge)

    August 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Go Scott Go Indeed and Never stop! Scott You are just great. And the fact that I don’t even know you, and yet feel so much a part of a community you have made is so special.

    There is so much in this photograph. Yes, there is something “off” about the composition as others have noted, but I agree with Monsieur Marcel that “the intensity of her mood…is almost too unpleasant to bear”… it is off, for a reason…and this is why the photograph is so interesting. She, the subject, would be eclipsed, obscured, except for her very tenacity, and Scott’s discerning eye.

    And there is something here about fashion, actually. Note her shirt and the draping and texture of the tarp. It’s an element or combination I’ve seen played with in more “affluent”skirts and shirts…it’s interesting to see these elements in the raw here…

  71. Oonagh

    August 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I agree the composition is unconventional but that’s one reason I like it. The composition makes your eye move around the image, but it keeps coming back to this lady’s face.

    I love this shot. I live in Hong Kong, and it’s very Hong Kong!

  72. Kevin Baca

    August 30, 2012 at 1:16 am

    NY’s Chinatown is probably the most unhappy place I’ve ever been in my life. The woman’s facial expression typifies the mood. Misery.


    August 30, 2012 at 5:44 am

    As always this photo is an exercise in compostion and subject and yet it troubles me. Look at this lady’s expression. Her life is hard and that my friend you have truly captured. x

  74. evee

    August 30, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Pure.. the textures of the photograph makes my mind wander.

  75. Chelsea Olson

    August 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Beautiful shot! You can almost feel the emotion; very poetic!


  76. kjm

    August 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    very sad, but realistic. complimenti!

  77. diana

    August 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    wow scott – this picture almost brought me to tears. i’m an asian american.. now a successful executive at one of the top four consulting firms in the US… but i grew up watching my parents excrete their blood, sweat and soul into their small business… in a ghetto neighborhood…where the sounds of gunshots were as normal as inhaling and exhaling so that their three kids could have opportunities they never dreamed of. i am GRATEFUL you captured a bit of what millions of immigrants go through each day to earn their dollar.

  78. Jokey

    September 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Интересно это что кухня у них там?? О_о

  79. !!!!

    September 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I enjoy these images more than all the fashion photos put together!

  80. Alfred

    October 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    So much of what I enjoy about Sart’s photos are simply the expressions on the faces…the clothing is usually a second and a close approximation of what really is disclosed by the eyes…

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