Sunday, November 14, 2010

On the Street….Piazza delle Coppelle, Rome


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  1. Artfully Awear

    November 14, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Those pants look interesting creeping out–wide chalk stripe is one of my favorites!

  2. Maureen

    November 14, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Love the facial features- and the hand on the hip.

  3. La Petite Anglaise

    November 14, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Could this guy BE any more Italian? Beautiful image as always. I love how you really convey the essence and attitude of the individual people you photograph. X

    • Anonymous

      September 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      He”s actually NOT Italian. He looks Indian.

  4. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Foto significativa. Apesar de ser muito diferente, claro! Retrata de forma ilustre uma boa fotografia. Adorei, minha favorita!


    November 14, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Lovely – right out of Penn's Small Trades.

  6. Qing Y

    November 14, 2010 at 8:34 am

    glad to see some of non-fashion-people shots which can be very inspirational too!

  7. Angy

    November 14, 2010 at 8:35 am

    cool shoot!

  8. Alexandra

    November 14, 2010 at 8:41 am

  9. commefraiche

    November 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

    black & white photography was a good choice for this shot. It really adds to the man's pose!

  10. o s o p o l a r

    November 14, 2010 at 8:50 am

    uhoooo, very nice.

  11. Anna

    November 14, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Very classy, in a place where you wouldn't expect it.

  12. Cecille

    November 14, 2010 at 8:57 am

    love the antique furniture from rome's cafes!! great picture

  13. The yummy rabbit

    November 14, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Can't tell if he smiles of if he is angry… amazing face


  14. Anoellé Isa

    November 14, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Love it :)

    Can't wait to see more pics from Rome!!

  15. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Dear Sartorialist,

    Why did you just post a picture of a baker in a baker's outfit? Are you losing it?

    A fan

  16. Miguel Ignacio

    November 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Even tho it is a uniform, You can tell how this man wears it with proud and self style. Nice picture as usual.

  17. Christal Coração

    November 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Somehow oldschool. Like he jumped out of an old italian film. Exept of the cigarette maybe. But how he stands there is fantastic!

  18. Dolly

    November 14, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Is he Italian? I dont think so,, he looks foreign, tired,, but i loove the pose!! <3

  19. lily

    November 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

    lovin' the sass

  20. alessandra

    November 14, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Finalmente Roma!
    Love the streets intersected in this part of Rome.

  21. TinyPliny

    November 14, 2010 at 9:42 am

    He looks very Malaysian to me… Is he really Italian?

  22. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Could this guy BE any less Italian ;) I think he's from Bangladesh, and one of the many foreign behind-the-screen-workers. With an attitude!

  23. Chia May

    November 14, 2010 at 9:54 am

    wow i love the pose and the attitude!

  24. Elena Vasilieva

    November 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

    loved the photo, very italian and very pizza ;-)

  25. Istanbulboy

    November 14, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Great photo, especially in b/w – August Sander in a fashion pose?!!


  26. Aérostat D'or

    November 14, 2010 at 10:07 am

    love the white in varied textures, if I use my imagination and replace the white with embroidered arabesques you can see how the silhouet is very near east… but I'm stretching it… I think the intention of this image may have been attitude and posture.

  27. Juli56

    November 14, 2010 at 10:09 am

    He looks great,this hard working guy.


  28. hang yong cho

    November 14, 2010 at 10:10 am

    HI why dont you come to korea, please come to korea ,, korea is also good place to see the new and fresh things. i hope you come to korea . bye

  29. Juli56

    November 14, 2010 at 10:20 am

    He looks great this hard working guy.


  30. Anna

    November 14, 2010 at 10:28 am

    my new brand outfit!!!

    come to see me:

  31. Curro

    November 14, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Wooow, this is totally awesome…a guy wearing a plain white polo t-shirt and an apron!!! And such a tough attitude. ¬ŅAre u kidding me Sart? Sorry but this is NOTHING

  32. Chelsea Elizabeth.

    November 14, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I love how this was taken with black and white. It makes the image even more perfect.

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth

  33. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I love it when you photograph people at work. It's much more interesting than yet another photo of some pretty person from the fashion industry posing in nice clothes.

  34. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 11:18 am

    He looks like Malay to me as well. And not particularly happy. I like his strong pose, his attitude, which is, OK, I'm here, I'll do it. What does the behind the screen worker mean? Illegal?

  35. jimjims

    November 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    working class!!!

  36. Tom

    November 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Wonderful photo. It's reminiscent of Irving Penn's best work.


    November 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    THis is a great black and white photo!

  38. Fut-iL

    November 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    ‚ô• it!

  39. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    The composition of the face reminds me of a Picasso painting.

  40. nora

    November 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    This is reminiscent of August Sander's style. I love the nod to classic photography.

  41. christina

    November 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Love his attitude xxx

  42. my.amalgam

    November 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    wow this has so much emotion in a simple photo!

  43. annamaria

    November 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    So cooool!

  44. Vince Granado

    November 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Looks like a Filipino worker in Rome to me ;-)

  45. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    This is a beautiful picture.

    Apart from that, I don't agree with people criticising the simplicity of the man's outfit and the photograph – first of all, it doesn't matter because it's not just about the most special choice of clothes, and also, what right do they have to complain about what someone posts on his blog? Criticising is okay, of course, but criticising a picture only because of its motif seems a little thoughtless to me.

  46. Shilpi

    November 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    this is one of my favorite photographs you have posted


  47. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Excellent. I love how "some people" just don't get it. Style, baby!

  48. Sweet Confessions

    November 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    love the photo… really interesting!

  49. The Wanderers' Daughter

    November 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    This is a gorgeous shot.

  50. jaicroise

    November 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

  51. Thimblebolt

    November 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Great shot.

    Lest we forget the working people of Rome.

    The reality of restaurant kitchens is disposable chef's hats, comfortable shoes and smoking breaks..

    You captured this one beautifully.

  52. Call Us Mesdemoiselles

    November 14, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    love the emotion, the pic is wonderdul

  53. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    LOVE this shot! Please post more photos such as this one. I enjoy these shots of random people more than the 'fashiony' shots, as I tend to find them really interesting and thought-provoking.
    I think it's pics such as these that really show a person's essence, you know? And to me that's what's really beautiful.

  54. Liz S

    November 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Not sure I get this photo of a smoking cook with dirty runners in a blog called the Sartorialist. But then as someone said–you can post what you like in your own blog.

  55. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    This shot is a great example of how "being Italian" is not about skin color, but attitude!!!

  56. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Love that he is smoking a cigarette when he is about to go cook. He is really making a great statement and great attitude. I'd love to have what he is cookin.

  57. gucci online shop

    November 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    thx sharing,i do agree with your point about fashion

  58. J_so_sweet

    November 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    he looks so tired….. cheer up!

  59. Lee Oliveira

    November 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Very italian.. love the posture.
    B&W photograph its just superb

  60. Frozen Fashion

    November 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    How you have the crisp white of his uniform stand out is just great!

  61. xoxo Elizabeth Toledano de Gomez

    November 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Interesting photograph. Wonder what his story is.

  62. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I prefer a scene like this to just a well-dressed man.

  63. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 12:10 am

    LOVE this photo!! His eyes are curious.

  64. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Gorgeous photo. As a number of people have noted, this man has true style–he wears his uniform with attitude and, in doing so, he shows us something about himself via his clothing and self-presentation. Count me as another reader who much prefers these shots to your homages to fashionistas…

  65. The Accidental Nerd

    November 15, 2010 at 1:04 am

    This photo says so much just from one look. It looks as if it could be from any decade too.

  66. Barry

    November 15, 2010 at 1:57 am

    The cook's most likely a refugee from Bangladesh. Many work in restaurants and small shops.

  67. thwany

    November 15, 2010 at 2:17 am

    love his pose

  68. Pretty Kitty Publishing

    November 15, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Sumptuous contrast. Thanks for posting this beautiful shot.

  69. Ripense

    November 15, 2010 at 3:41 am



    November 15, 2010 at 4:12 am

    this is art…great black and white

  71. Gianluca

    November 15, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Although he's not italian, though he's just wearing his job's outfit, though a lot of thing, this picture tells about style, not fashion, tells about personality, and tells about rome now, somehow. As roman, i kinda love this picture!

  72. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 5:47 am

    This variation on your usual style, b/w arts and crafts, reminds me of the great Seifert series. With no drama and tragedy: Still, the way we dress says something about our life and struggle.

  73. Gegenschlag

    November 15, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Very pasoliniano

  74. Henry Fry

    November 15, 2010 at 7:01 am

    This guy has swagger!

  75. Jacobo

    November 15, 2010 at 7:07 am


  76. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    November 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I don't understand the critical comments about this photo.

    I think it's beautiful. I wonder what's going on with the man in the photo. What's his story? Where is he from and how did he end up in Rome?

    I also happen to love the restaurant in that piazza. Maccheroni is very good.

  77. Irum Shehreen

    November 15, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I think he is one of the many Bangladeshi migrants who work in the Italian hospitaltity industry to help support their families back home. Thanks, Sart, for posting it! As a Bangladeshi myslf, it makes me proud. Hard graft and professional integrity speak for themselves.

  78. krapula

    November 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

    nice pic…. I don't really get how people can confuse bangldesh features with italian features… And I also don't think that this picture identify so well italy. Many of these comments show a an idea of italy as it was 60 years ago. I think instead that this picture represents perfectly what is the life in rome in these years. perfect!

  79. B.

    November 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Nice pose!!!


  80. Victoria Regia

    November 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I agree with Commefraiche – black and white was the best choice for this shot. The subject seems very photogenic and also has a graceful, slim silhouette. I love his pants and sneakers in particular. This picture tells a thousand stories about Rome and the world in general at this particular moment in history. Beautiful!

  81. Leah

    November 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  82. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    This website is still called "The Sartorialist," right?

    Certainly our love of democracy and the common man/woman does not require self-referential abandonment of aesthetic judgements–to include evaluations of "better" and "worse" clothing. Of course, the common man/woman are often graced with fine fashion sensibilities, which this website rightly and frequently celebrates. But this post is not one of those cases.

    As succinctly put above, "Are you losing it?"

  83. Liv

    November 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Rome can seem traditional at a first glimpse but there is always a surprise behind every corner…may it be fashion or architecture.

  84. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I'm having difficulty appreciating the romanticism of workers here. This is not to say that I don't respect hard working people, particularly of the working and immigrant classes. I certainly do as I am one of them and have lived in working class communities most of my life.

    MOST of the photos here are of people from professional and privileged backgrounds, with a healthy smattering of the striving middle class mixed in. All of those people are expressing their individual styles based on their own choices and their ability purchase or be gifted their wardrobe. I love what they wear, that's why I come here.

    The people in their workers uniforms must wear the clothes or else no job. These are not their sartorial choices.

    So what are we admiring here? Their ability to have dignity that transcends the demands of their working lives, including wardrobe? Ok, fine. That's definitely worth something. I love the idea of it. But here, where everyday working class people who don't wear uniforms are rarely featured? What makes the uniform more worthy of exaltation than say, an administrative assistant getting off the subway carrying her lunch in a Victoria's Secret shopping bag? Would her New York & Co. or Strawberries trench and hobo purse be worthy of a mention? Or is she excluded because she did choose those things and they are not fashionable enough? Would people applaud her working class dignity or consider her tacky? I really don't know because such women aren't featured here, but I get the feeling there would be protests if she (or her male mailroom counterpart) showed up too often.

    My main point is that the dignity-of-the-struggle idea can be patronizing. How about a picture of this dude in his off-duty wear? Would people still be impressed with his "pride," "sass," and "attitude?" Or would they be a little afraid?

  85. Anonymous

    November 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    This guy is from the Indian sub-continent, though that doesn't necessarily make him any less 'Italian' than many of Rome's other inhabitants. He is a pizzaiolo. These men are keeping Italy's kitchens running. Nice to see the Sartoliast capture an often ignored aspect of Rome.


  86. Zouari

    November 16, 2010 at 4:16 am

    This picture looks like the wonderful work of Irving Penn, who tried to keep a memory of all the "little jobs".
    I really like your blog. It makes me like travel around the word.
    I think that it's rare to find people who have a really good taste in fashion but in your pictures, I can always see beautiful things.

    Sorry for my bad english…
    Good cheer !

  87. Anonymous

    November 16, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I'm sure someone else has already made this comment but a very nice shout out to Irving Penn!

  88. Stylester

    November 16, 2010 at 11:01 am

    LOVE this photo. The man has pizzazz.

  89. Anonymous

    November 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Get a grip people…this is not about fashion, it's about the human experience and beautifully composed, dramatic and full of expression. Do all the photos posted have to be about people who can afford designer clothes? Open your eyes to a different kind of beauty.

  90. Anonymous

    November 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    i love that he has as much swag as any number of your highly dressed subjects.

  91. Anonymous

    November 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    love the shot! this guy is not italian though.

  92. fairytale from norway

    November 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    its looks like he's from a different time. wow. so amazing.

  93. Anonymous

    November 18, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I seriously don't understand people's criticism of such images on thesartorialist.
    Fashion isn't about the threads, but it's about an attitude, a look, a feeling.
    Sart's pictures sing from the rest of the crappy street style blogs because the people in them are COMPELLING.

    If people stopped being elitist racists, they might find beauty more often (and not have to resort to $10000 hand bags to feel happy.)

  94. Anonymous

    November 18, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Seriously, people? Relax. Just enjoy the picture already. Don't be snobs just because you can. Sheesh…

  95. Anonymous

    November 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    What a beautiful photograph. I love its texture and the subject. And no, it's not patronizing at all, as some people – who ARE they? – imply here.For me, this is not only a fashion blog, but a blog that shares your sensibility as a photographer.Keep the good work Mr. Sartorialist, it's a joy.

  96. Rosiroo

    November 19, 2010 at 7:49 am

    "I seriously don't understand people's criticism of such images on thesartorialist.
    Fashion isn't about the threads, but it's about an attitude, a look, a feeling.
    Sart's pictures sing from the rest of the crappy street style blogs because the people in them are COMPELLING."

    Well said!

  97. Andrew V.

    November 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    The mood on this one seems more intense than any other picture I've seen here. Wisely captured in black and white.Lovely!

  98. Dianed

    November 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    We stayed at a wonderful 4th floor apt, sans elevator, right in the Piazza some 3 years ago…sigh, you've made me happy..memories

  99. Sarita

    November 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    another one of your lovely portraits.

  100. Eli

    December 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    He wears his job well.

  101. hibah

    December 6, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    This is stunning and refreshing. I'd bet money that he's Bangladeshi, but that doesn't make him any less a part of Roman fabric than the stilettoed, couture-clad ladies we're used to. A truly perfect image of classic, old school aesthetics and the face of modern globalization.

  102. Anonymous

    December 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    It's nice you have included a nice "everyday" scene in this album.
    Even though he looks like he doesn't have a super glamour job, he is very elegant.
    Well done, it's nice to see some real life people (and new Italians)!

  103. Lolito

    June 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I bet this gentleman is not italian.

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