Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Forgotten Fashion Week


In the last couple of years, it seems that Fashion Week is only about designers, bloggers, models and editors.  This season, I thought it would be fun to turn the camera on the faces of fashion that you don’t always hear about.


Today, the Pit photographers.


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  1. Vanessa la belge

    July 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I don’t often write a comment here but I’ll make an exception for today.

    Brilliant idea! Thank you!

  2. Miami

    July 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

    For some reason, I am unable to see the video.

    • Theodora

      July 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Video should work now. Sorry for the technical difficulties!

      • Miami

        July 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

        Thanks! I saw it and I was impressed by everything, including the discussion about the difference between film and digital pit photography.

  3. Amanda

    July 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Seems that the video is not available… “cette vidĂ©o est privĂ©e”

  4. Fashion Snag

    July 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm


    July 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    This is so cool to finally find out what’s up with the real one that bring fashion to us all: PHOTOGRAPHERS! Great interviews

    Xoxo Cory

  6. Eunice

    July 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    This is so great Scott.. We never really do get the Pit perspective on shows, do we? Thanks for sharing their story.. And Happy Fourth of July!

  7. bobby

    July 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Love their belief in themselves at the end. Shameless, almost arrogance. But I bet they’ve earned that right. That’s what it’s about kids – self belief. Be good and be proud!

    • Albertine, NYC

      July 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Rather than “shamelessness and arrogance” I view it as lack of hypocrisy and courage to get rid of the fake humbleness and admit the bravura that one has earned through hard job and experience.

      • Melanie

        July 5, 2013 at 5:15 am

        I agree. No false modesty necessary. I also loved the idea that taking a picture is like a drug and if it isn’t it’s not worth it. Great video. Loved the whole style of it as well.

      • Aussiegus

        July 6, 2013 at 2:13 am

        Totally agree. Specially after spending 40 years in “the pit”!

  8. FripperyVintage

    July 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed that! Great fun. Thanks.

  9. Gudy Herder

    July 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    That is so interesting. Love to see you are honoring these professionals and this kind of information really adds value to your blog. Well done!!

  10. Ariana

    July 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    What a wonderful video. I have heard the pit was tough but wow, I have great respect for these photographers and th whole industry.

  11. Bernie

    July 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    This is an excellent documentary. Great interviews and great photography too.

  12. j

    July 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Genius idea. Love it.

  13. Wedy

    July 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Bloody Brilliant !
    Thank You


    July 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I love this idea, Scott!

  15. Sevan

    July 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I’ve always been interested in the “behind the scenes” videos. This one’s got that old time quality (black and white, the perfect music choice) and let me discover “the pit”. Very impressive for the young models to walk in front of all the fashion people and the photographers with huge zooms lenses ! Thank you !

  16. Simbarashe

    July 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I’ve done pit for both fashion week and film festivals. I prefer the streets so much more because of the movement. During shows, I prefer to sit with the buyers (like Scott) because having that different perspective that the magazines don’t publish make the experiences seem more natural, organic. Nobody at the shows gets the front-on perspective except for the pit photographers, so when say, a Buyer is looking at a collection, depending on where he or she is seated, they have to pay attention to different parts of a piece, and some details become more critical than others.

  17. Elena

    July 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Great! A funny and interesting video, but too many things lost in translation. May I suggest better subtitles for the next one?

  18. Namita

    July 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Love the concept, excellent execution.

    Very well done — you’ve taught many of us something today.

  19. Laura

    July 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    That was a great video, it is nice to see the point of view of the photographers! I especially loved the one who said it is like taking drugs, when you have to take a photo, you can’t do otherwise!

  20. anne

    July 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    i love this! thank you. more, please!

  21. Cristi

    July 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    What a fantastic video! I was smiling all throughout it, excellent music choice and questions too. bravo!

  22. Katherine

    July 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    What fun! I didn’t even know about “The Pit”…never too old to learn indeed. Thank you!

  23. My Vintage Curves

    July 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    “Someone who bother them during the show” that’s what happens to me everytime I take pictures during a fashion week. But it puts me/us ahead of the game, no one look at me but I can see everything. It’s the outsider’s perspective!

  24. Gabrielle

    July 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Very interesting what they say about “Everybody knew eachother, but not anymore….” wonder if it’s just the size of the industry or not, I guess the pace of our time is one thing too. I loved also that it was in Black & White and I love your Music choice :-) Grate idea, to show the “hidden” parts of Fashion week!

  25. Tammy

    July 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Charming! You asked good questions.

  26. Eva

    July 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    What an amazing video. When I look at fashion shows I’m always surprised about how small the area for photographers is. It seriously looks like they (you) have 1 square centimetre to work on! It’s kind of funny when you look at it but I think I would become crazy there! It gives me even more respect for the amazing photos they take! xx

  27. MayKay

    July 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you Scott, this is very interesting and very nicely put together. However, it has a flaw, a serious one: the film is too short. I would love to see a full-length documentary about this profession and business.

  28. Rain

    July 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I thought this was so fascinating a little peek into the world of fashion that not most get to see. I hope you continue to do more!!

  29. une chatte grise

    July 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    That was terrific–thanks for allowing us access to a different perspective on shows and the art of fashion photography! (My husband, who’s a photographer, really liked the comment about photography as a drug.)

  30. Siva

    July 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Let’s hear it for Elvis!

  31. Marine

    July 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Amazing video, amazing music… I think you really interviewed the right guys, so funny! I love Italians!

  32. Tanja

    July 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    LOVE IT! So much fun to watch :)

  33. Christine

    July 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Great video and idea!! You have answered a lot of questions that I had always wondered!

  34. Beauty Follower

    July 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Very nice!

  35. Suzy

    July 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    this is AMAZING – so insightful, so well produced – really looking forward to the rest of the series

  36. kikefal

    July 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Brilliant production great idea….. this is the perfect complement for the rest of the show…kepp doing this kind of things…give us an interesting perspective of the industry….thanks a lot….

  37. E

    July 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Love the idea,love the choice of music and the quality of video.

  38. Cheryl from BusinessChic

    July 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    As one of the girls who works the pits at the shows here in Australia, it’s nice to see that there girls in the pits internationally as well!

    One of my pet peeves is latecomers who swan in and sit in front of the pit wherever they like, without checking in with the photographers who are already seated, most having come in earlier to make sure they get their spot. Also anyone in the pit who uses a flash – so disrespectful to all of the photographers in the pit but then you’ll also get yelled out for it!

    Other than that, the pit is a wonderful place to hone one’s photography skills. As a streetstyle photographer, I can sometimes get away with a quick point and shoot. However with a runway show, you really need to pay attention to how the shows are lit, where’s best on the runway to capture the model then the accessory details. There’s so much less time so I’ve learnt to work more quickly – and oh the adrenalin!

    Thanks for this, Scott and Theodora!

  39. Jenny Kozlow

    July 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    That post really put a nostalgic and romantic feel back into the ever too quickly moving fashion world – thank-you Scott. I hope you will be making more of these videos. You know who really gets forgotten in fashion are the people (and I speak from experience) that work in the garment rooms producing the amazing clothes – blood, sweat and tears but what a joy at the end!!

  40. clymdraws

    July 4, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I absolutely loved watching this.. I’ve always been fascinated by the pit, and often end up staring down that end of the runway during a show. The density of photographers, the slight haze in the air from the glare of the spotlights above their heads, the sharp pops of flash, the yelps shouts and whoops.. all encapsulates the intense atmosphere and excitement of a show.

  41. CYL

    July 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    You are the BEST! Fantastic video! You have these uncanny ability to evoke emotions both from you photos and videos. Just can’t get enough. Hey, that’s Depeche Mode.

  42. Jill

    July 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Wow…really riveting!

  43. sanmiguelense

    July 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Bravo scott, really great! Baci!


    July 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    love it, so true

  45. KK

    July 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Dear Sart,

    Thank you so much for showing us a different side of the fashion shows. Very interesting. I also liked it was shot in black and white ;o) Great job!

  46. Robin

    July 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Fly on the wall insight which is soo interesting, and especially loved the music !!!


  47. mm

    July 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I hardly event leave a comment but wow, it was beautiful in many ways, congratulations for this piece!

  48. Mathieu

    July 5, 2013 at 2:23 am

    This is great Scott! I would love to see more of these types of videos. I enjoyed it very much.

  49. Denisa

    July 5, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Really perfect video.

  50. Rosalia

    July 5, 2013 at 2:40 am

    I don’t often write but I must today: well done! A very good idea…

  51. Sarah - Pure Luxe

    July 5, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Really enjoyed this!!!! Thank you!

  52. Elisa Taviti

    July 5, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Good job!
    without them nothing would exist!!!

    With love
    My Fantabulous World

  53. Diva In Me

    July 5, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Thanks for doing this Scott. The photographer pit is not something everyone thought about and most of us concentrate on the photographer least when it comes to fashion shows. This is an eye opener for me =)

  54. Holly

    July 5, 2013 at 3:58 am

    I have to say, this was a really sweet film!

  55. Giovanna

    July 5, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Adoro!! :)

    This is really AWESOME.
    I usually spend a lot of time watching pictures made by these men and this is a great contribution for their work.

    I appreciate this documentary and as always you are the best because you share with us different points of view.

    Love it, love it, love it!!

  56. Zazie

    July 5, 2013 at 4:38 am

    So so interesting, thank you!
    And the movie is just perfect: the music, the black and white, the solo and choral “perfomances” of the pit photographers….
    Really a great video under every point of view!
    There is a Dolce Vita atemosphere to it, and it is interesting to see how the profession has changed through the years!
    The “closed boxes” status is sad, but the digital era has some advantages it seems! 44 puounds to carry around all day….

  57. Kalina

    July 5, 2013 at 4:57 am

    I never leave comments but this time I feel like I have to. I’ve practically stopped observing other blogs for their monotonous perspective on fashion. Yours is an exception. I loved the film and I love the fact that you can still surprise us with a fresh approach like this. You give a fashion insight a twist and this is why I keep coming back here everyday. Don’t let your creativity stop!

  58. Alessia

    July 5, 2013 at 5:38 am



  59. Zlata

    July 5, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Loved it! Excellent!

  60. almu

    July 5, 2013 at 6:04 am

  61. Gian Luca M

    July 5, 2013 at 7:12 am

    …nice video…

    Gian Luca M

  62. Carmen

    July 5, 2013 at 7:18 am

    I’m usually a voyeur and don’t leave comment but for this…. fantastic! It’s beautiful to acknowledge the unsung artists in fashion. thanks for the treat

  63. Pink Elephant Blog (Alex)

    July 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

    What a brilliant idea! Love it! :D

  64. Fanny

    July 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

    LOVE IT !

  65. Giulia Galetti Beer

    July 5, 2013 at 9:06 am

    You actually had a wonderful idea publishing this video! :D

    New post:

  66. Beate

    July 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

    What a pitty, Scott. This video is in Germany not available.
    Reason: GEMA!

  67. robyn

    July 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Scott you are brilliant.
    Those Italian accents, that language, the passion, the Pit, thank you for taking me into such a lovely scenario.

    Your fan


  68. Textstyles

    July 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

    A wonderful piece on when photographers ditched the moat (wide angled) approach for the telephoto pit at the end of the runway…

  69. Rovanio

    July 5, 2013 at 10:26 am


  70. justoutwalkin

    July 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Terrific. An insight I never would have gotten. All video have been great.

  71. Leslie

    July 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Loved this video. Pit photographers definitely get overlooked. God I love Italian men.

  72. lindsey

    July 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

  73. Marisa Alma McGinnis

    July 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Nice twist on fashion week. I loved the interviews. I speak fluent Italian so I enjoyed hearing them in Italian.

  74. midwest

    July 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Really nice little film. Please do more interviews and behind the scenes industry work or maybe even do interviews with the people you photograph… although I also love the mystery behind your photos considering that’s the only way we can interact with the subjects. Either way, I love this.

  75. Dani

    July 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Thank you; amazing video.

  76. Thi

    July 5, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    What a fantastic video! It is so amazing to hear from those who are on the other side of the camera. Beautifully done!

  77. cece

    July 6, 2013 at 12:50 am

    More like this!! This was so interesting, giving me a peek into a world I will never visit firsthand.

  78. maria

    July 6, 2013 at 1:48 am

    You always gives us something magical… True fashion moments… Thanks!

  79. antonella

    July 6, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Simply amazing! Nice music and i love black and white movie.Great Video!

  80. Gianluca Wang

    July 6, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Very good angle, never thought about this, thanks for the inspiration

  81. G

    July 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

    very interesting video, but luckily i’m italian ;)



    July 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

    BRAVO CAMILLA!!! (the director of this piece)


  83. Erica

    July 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This is great. Sad that it has become impersonal but love to see the behind the scenes. Can’t ever go wrong with Elvis too! Good job

  84. ELSKcom

    July 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    The hidden side!

  85. H

    July 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Very nice.

  86. Crystal Y

    July 7, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Fantastico Mr Schumann!!!
    Brilliant idea!

  87. miumiu

    July 7, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Looooooooooooooooooooove it!!!
    Merci Scott!! Beautiful video with beautiful images and the interviews are priceless, what an insight. Merci merci merciiiiiii!

  88. Manon

    July 7, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Dear Mr Schuman,

    Please keep on doing what you do.
    This video was my Sunday morning little pleasure.
    Many thanks,

    Best regards,


  89. Irene

    July 7, 2013 at 8:16 am

    thank you!!

  90. Susanna

    July 7, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Congratulations for this interesting “dietro le quinte” Doc.

  91. Sarah

    July 7, 2013 at 9:15 am

    The video is not available in Germany, because of the GEMA. :(

  92. Filippo Fior

    July 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Thank you Scott! This is such a nice thing made on us! See you soon!

  93. Pui

    July 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Thank you very much for bringing that side of the industry to me the layman – very interesting indeed.

  94. Martine

    July 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Really interesting point of view. Its extremely fun to see this! What an idea!

  95. YQS

    July 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    What a great piece. I just love hearing about people’s creative process. Great passion, Valerio Mezzanotti!

  96. Jane

    July 7, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Loved this, Scott! Wonderful insight into the pit and a little something different from a show. Please do some more of these. :)

  97. apoorvaunique

    July 8, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Great thought, totally agree with you. Maybe some more pictures on the same line.

  98. avukat ankara

    July 8, 2013 at 6:25 am

    haha so god

  99. Christopher P.

    July 8, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Great Film! Who among us has heard the Italian language and not wanted to fluently speak it. They are so passionate in everything. The arrogance that the two photographers exude is acceptable, if that makes any sense. Again, Great Film! You never hear the story in regard to the Pit!

  100. MGF

    July 8, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Ahaha ! this movie is incredible !
    the story is terrible, but thanks to the fantastic soundtrack, it sounds soo great, so funny, whereas the thing is so harsh, so hard !
    it s an awesome movie. As we say in French, “pour chanter une chanson triste, il suffit de la chanter gaiement”

  101. M.

    July 9, 2013 at 2:36 am

    You should do the same also for other “categories” of fashion workers (Pr, grooming, securities) great idea to tell new stories in fashion, there are so many people working behind the scene

  102. Catia Silva

    July 9, 2013 at 6:47 am

    great idea!!!

    they are an important point of all the fashion industry!


  103. bénédicte

    July 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    it’s my first comment on this blog i really like and follow almost every day.
    This is a very good idea to show us the other part of the show but one question is really bothering me : we only see mens (well i guess 2 or 3 women in the audience), is photographer another “only men job” ?

  104. Oh, play it louder!!

    July 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    So interesting… & amazing!

  105. William

    July 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Magnifique, Mercy,MERCY!!!

  106. Albert Salas

    July 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s
    What a amazing piece of movie !
    Well done, Great idea

  107. fym

    July 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Awesome. So appreciate what you do.

  108. Anett

    July 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Amazing video! Please give us more glimpses behind the scenes!

  109. Natalene Maria

    July 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

    That was the most enjoyabe thing I’ve ever looked at on your blog. Seriously charming gentlemen.

  110. katie

    July 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

    AHHHHH this is so brilliant! somehow i missed it the first time around so part II reminded me to go back and find it. i’m in love with the ex-pit photographer. so moved by the “mentor” tribute at the end… love love love this series!

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