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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
"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."
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.
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)!