Monday, July 14, 2008

That Moment, Milano


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  1. Kornel

    July 14, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Is this a capture of a fashion shoot or just a very classy happy accident?

  2. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 9:44 am

    looks like an intriguing opening sequence of a film

  3. Diederik

    July 14, 2008 at 9:45 am

    The jacket is well-cut aroud the body although a bit too short to my taste and the trousers are simply too long. But what I like least is the way the tie is knotted – such a bland, straight knot is just boring.

  4. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 9:45 am

    wonderful shot!

  5. whyioughtta

    July 14, 2008 at 9:47 am

    I hate to say it, but the cigarette smoke makes the shot.

  6. CT

    July 14, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Bond, James Bond.

  7. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 9:51 am

    What a catch…eye contact in mid- stride. chic and masculine, with no clutter of a bag. Seems to be that perfect time of day when work is done and dinner/drinks are decided by the patio with most remaining rays of sun. Great Menswear…

  8. Adam

    July 14, 2008 at 9:52 am

    amazing shot, perfect fit on the suit, spot on colors and the cuff links and pocket square are top notch

    more men need to dress this way, it does look like a fashion shoot doesn’t it?

  9. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 9:59 am

    is stefano the most featured person in your block, sart ?
    well, not that he wouldn┬┤t deserve it…

  10. Alice Olive

    July 14, 2008 at 10:03 am

    What a wonderful shot!

  11. Sean

    July 14, 2008 at 10:04 am

    This might be my second comment here…I just liked the shot that much…even considered making it my destop wallpaper.

    I like it. The suit, the fit, the tie’s know. I like it all. It fits.

    I think this shot is made by how the subject and the people around him are caught in the shot. As if they all callborated together and had prior knowledge of the moment to make it happen. Even the other people in the shot seem to be interesting subjects themselves.

  12. j'taimee

    July 14, 2008 at 10:05 am

    This shot is amazing! I think we’re all a sucker for a well dressed man, but I also quite love the blonde’s hat…

  13. misshoax

    July 14, 2008 at 10:10 am

    what lucky – and cinematically stylish, happenstance!

  14. Dan

    July 14, 2008 at 10:12 am

    You can’t fault this except possibly for being a bit bland. Nice fit, I like the cufflinks, the shoes look as though they’re nice. The pants do seem slightly too long. Surely he could liven up the tie- just a bit?
    Too conservative for me but very well-done.
    GREAT photo!

  15. DeeDee

    July 14, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Fantastic shot. The gentleman looks great but the photo makes me want to know more about the woman. I can hear the soundtrack to this shot in my head! Great work.

  16. jeff

    July 14, 2008 at 10:19 am

    looks like a movie still. perfect. he’s striking in every way.

  17. Jorge

    July 14, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Notice the interesting fabric of the shirt, it is not even a plaid but it has some tiny squares about it. I like the suit, and I like the shoes, which are somewhat pointy without the extremes we have seen in the last couple of years. And yes, the cigarette smoke makes the pic. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  18. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 10:24 am

    This is one of your very best shots. I absolutely love it! I would put this one in the same category as the shot of the mother and daughter first row at fashion week. It’s about more than clothes. It’s just beautiful photography.

  19. Anna

    July 14, 2008 at 10:30 am

    “…and… action!”

  20. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Now, that’s a nice shot!

  21. Carolina Lange

    July 14, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Amazing shot!

  22. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Jorge from W Palm Beach – Just wanted to let you know that your comments are one of the reasons I follow this blog!

  23. bakingwithplath

    July 14, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Wow, great shot!!

  24. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 10:41 am

    great shot, really! love it! the hand, the cigarette, his look.. everything.

  25. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 10:56 am

    love the photo! great shot.

  26. Magic

    July 14, 2008 at 11:12 am

    always with style,well done!!!

  27. KaibutsuOne

    July 14, 2008 at 11:21 am

    The italian james bond opening sequence. James Bond: You Can Never Get Enough of a Black Suit and Blue Tie Combo. Probably the longest movie title ever. Pretty cool photo. The guy is just standing there with no care of the action around him. Looking calm and cool waiting for the villain’s next move with his mission in his hand.

  28. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 11:26 am

    This shot proves once again that skinny is the best accessory!

  29. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Probably one of the most amazing photographs I’ve ever seen. And I spend hours looking through fashion photographs everyday. WOW! Just…WOW!

  30. Easylowdown

    July 14, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Fantastic shot. So cinematic. Near flawless.

  31. Yang Goh

    July 14, 2008 at 11:29 am

    what a SHOT!

  32. OndrejS

    July 14, 2008 at 11:32 am

    First…. great shot. Its not just the smoke. Its the whole picture. That girl with the headband is great also! In connection with the smoke reminds me of the elegance of 20s-30s.
    Second…..Mr Tonchi of course looks amazing. Any chance you can make his profile as you did for some other people? I wanna know who is his tailor. That suit is simply phenomenal.
    Third… the only thing I am missing in that picture is a flower… cannot figure out where it outgh to be though…. I tend to be obssesed with flowers lately…

  33. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 11:32 am

    great shot mr sartorialist.

    where can i find such a headband?

  34. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 11:37 am

    You’re done. It simply doesn’t get better than this.

  35. ACL

    July 14, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Stefano looks like a soldier on the field of battle…

  36. Katie

    July 14, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I am awestruck. How serendipitious can you get? Thank you, this is a stunning shot.

  37. norawoah

    July 14, 2008 at 11:51 am

    This is from my fantasy world, where everyone is really well dressed.

  38. Designgod

    July 14, 2008 at 11:51 am

    It looks too good to be true. I can’t believe it isn’t staged! I find the tie a bit ordinary and I think I’m more intrigued by the woman with the thing on her head.

  39. Max

    July 14, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    The composition of the photo really is top-notch – the juxtaposition, layering truly communicate the ‘scene.’ It does look posed, except that the gent’ in the center isn’t posing at all. In fact he has a distinctively ‘unmodel-like’ expression on his face.

    I enjoy this photo for its depth, but don’t prefer the suit for the same reasons diederik noted. The jacket is a wee short, the pants a wee long, and the tie a wee bit “i-found-this-at-a-thrift-shop.”

  40. K.B.

    July 14, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Very dapper-looking fellow. A well-cut suit is all that’s needed here, and I’m glad he hasn’t cluttered it with gew-gaws or tried to set the world on fire with something outre. As for the pants being too long, I’d rather see them a touch too long for coverage than too short and showing ankle.

    The blonde in the strapless black number and the little bandeau hat — pretty classy street wear! I wonder where she’s going?

  41. Max

    July 14, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Another thought on the tie – I’m a fan of patterns and overlaying possibly conflicting patterns (on shirt/tie), but I’ve always heard the patterns ought to be of different scale (if your shirt has a large windowpane pattern, your tie ought to have a smaller, repeated pattern). Since the shirt and tie both have a similarly sized patterns, it appears kind of bland.

    Keep the tie, but switch the shirt out for one with a larger windowpane-repeat, or even better – for a solid light-blue spread collar. Personal tastes dictate opinions, however, so feel free to disagree.

    Love the photo, though. I think the blonde bombshell stage left is the most photogenic element.

  42. fabio

    July 14, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    P E R F E C T

  43. tj

    July 14, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    A man is permitted to choose if he likes his jacket a bit longer or shorter. Same thing for the length of his trousers. In this photo, both the jacket and the trousers are fine. People who say otherwise are not permitting a man to dress as he feels most comfortable.
    That said, I’d prefer a bit of color in the necktie to liven things up a bit. Other than that, Mr. Tonchi looks perfectly smashing.

  44. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    ACTION JACKSON! I too am most captivated by the mystery woman with her lovely hat and smokin’ physique. Her fabulousness is a nice foil to his matter of factness. Well done all around, def. should be included in the “best of.”

  45. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Whoa what a picture. People say that nowadays everyone can take a good picture with a digital camera, but this is in another league, real art.

  46. AMANDA

    July 14, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Jebus, it’s like a LaChapelle urban circus without the crap! Excellent! Made my day.

  47. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    this pic is awesome! how is it not staged?!

  48. Carli

    July 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Wonderful moment. Spectacular spontaneity.

  49. The Sartorialist

    July 14, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    for Anon 12:41pm

    this shot is not staged but does show that a big part of photography is anticipation.

    i saw this coming together and only had time to get the exposure correct – the rest is just the luck of being there and capturing as it happened.

  50. Sandy

    July 14, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    One word: INCREDIBLE!

  51. kessie

    July 14, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    This is a beautifully composed image. Well done.

  52. Dalaruan

    July 14, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    What a wonderful film-still!!!

  53. Jak

    July 14, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Wow!!!! what can I say, I applaud you for brning us such wonderful photos.

    That shot is fantastic I don’t really care what anyone else says.

  54. TheSundayBest

    July 14, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    If he wasn’t looking at the camera it would be like a still from a film. As it is, it’s an amazing shot.

  55. TheLouisvillian

    July 14, 2008 at 1:49 pm


    thank you for the great shot!

  56. suzanne nelson

    July 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Federico Fellini meets Helmut Newton. Brilliant.

  57. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I love how calm, cool, and distinguished he looks in that conservative suit while there’s all that motion going on around him. The cig, the smoke, and the blonde in the revealing dress makes the surroundings even more disreputable-looking and the contrast draws him out even more. Great shot.

  58. kezumi

    July 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I love everything about this picture! The dress of both the man and the woman, the woman’s hair in motion, and the out of focus hand holding the cigarette. Brilliant!


    July 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    The man is yum indeed. I love the girl too!


  60. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    I would LOVE to see this in black and white. Can you post it, Sart? I think it’s going to look fabulous!

  61. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    this is stunning. i’m in awe.

  62. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Fantastic shot! Like a film still from a very well-choreographed crowd scene.

  63. style slicker

    July 14, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    very interesting shot, so much going on there. You have this gorgeous girl with her fab black dress, an arm and this COOL subject….it’s like a movie still. Scott, you should be a movie photographer thingy (don’t know what you call it)

  64. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    July 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    This shot is incredible. What a moment you captured. I work in film and this does remind of a still from a movie.

  65. Olaf Germany

    July 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    it is like a still of “sex and the city”…wow…

  66. Lili

    July 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm


  67. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    In b/w it could be a still from a Jean-Luc Godard film! Lovely.

  68. S

    July 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Really evocative shot. Very beautiful.

  69. just Me

    July 14, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Every single detail of this photo is just beautiful – the way the man in the centre looks directly into the camera; the outfit and the pose of the woman on the left; the haze created by the cigarette smoke… Perfect!

  70. paulinew

    July 14, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    I think I’ve been having a serious case of deja vu with this place.

  71. rmp

    July 14, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Possibly one of your top 5 photographs. Amazing color and ambiance. Great job Sart.

  72. lisa

    July 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I love how so much is happening around him but my eye is still drawn to him instantly. Great shot.

  73. saudade

    July 14, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Stunning work! Congratulations on one of your best yet.

  74. V

    July 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    oh wow, what an amazing shot! It looks like an opening scene from some movie!! Beautiful!

  75. Raquel

    July 14, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    catching shot. the car wheel, bike wheel, shadow play, and even the man walking behind in the white suite. how intriguing! most of all… what do her shoes look like?!

  76. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    gorgeous ! like an editorial shot..

  77. Serg Riva

    July 14, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Posture is the difference between a ship set sail and a dry-docked dingy. Here Stefano Tonchi proves he’s seaworthy.

  78. Keesean

    July 14, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    yes the clothes are fabulous. they’re always fabulous. but the aesthetic and artistic quality of this picture is incredible

  79. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    all elements go to the right side. the inclinance of Stefano, the woman, the smoke of the cigaret, the man beside the smoke, the look of the man beside Stefano..

    What a beautiful ┬┤┬┤quadro┬┤┬┤

  80. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Please excuse me for my ignorance, but does every single person dress like this in Milan? I have always been under the impression that, for every immaculately attired individual, there are 9 who are just the dressed like the average folk (not sloppily, but certainly not this well-groomed). Well, in North America, that ratio would be 1: 100…

    The reason I ask is because, apart from the main subject, you have three other equally well-dressed individuals seemingly scurrying about in their day-to-day business. The lady in particular is extremely striking and beautiful.

    Anyway, the picture is beautifully composed and I would love to go to Milan one day…

  81. Miss at la Playa

    July 14, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I have been reading this blog for years and this is my favourite photo ever. Congrats.

  82. Elin

    July 14, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    this picture is amazing!

  83. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Aaahhh I wish I was smoking a cigarette in Europe right now. Standing outside during intermission in 4 inch painful heels. Cursing the long line in the bathroom.
    Love NYC & Paris

  84. Esther

    July 14, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    beautiful shot

  85. Pose

    July 14, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    One of the best shots you’ve ever taken. This is why your’re the photographer and I’m not.

  86. hassan1

    July 14, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Very American,Raplh Lauren style.

  87. andi + neve

    July 14, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    we’re saddened that this ISN’T a fashion shoot. To know that this moment existed in time, and we werent involved in it, is heart breaking to say the least

  88. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 6:40 pm


  89. 1234

    July 14, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    what a beautifully captured photo! great shot, sart.

  90. Laura

    July 14, 2008 at 7:38 pm


  91. Hande

    July 14, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    There is something in this captured moment that reminds me of Robert Doisneau. Just beautiful, its inspiring…

  92. Katherine

    July 14, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Simply wonderful.

  93. Ron

    July 14, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Una bella photo! Mi piace Milano.

  94. Alex V

    July 14, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    one of my favorites to date…

  95. mic-mic

    July 14, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Was this choreographed, or was it a beautiful, art-filled moment that you were clever enough to capture? You make me want to leave my desk job and get out there with my camera, Mr. Sartorialist.

  96. chaos

    July 14, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Dashing. No really, Dashing!

  97. xnoelle25

    July 14, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    you really are an amazing artist. this capture is simply breathtaking.

    and i’m absolutely in love with the woman’s lbd.

  98. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    I’ve been following this blog for some time, and I’ve never been tempted to comment on any image before, even though I’ve really loved many of them, but I just have to say, “Wow…”

  99. shopaholic

    July 14, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    ive got to go to italy soon!

  100. toulouse

    July 14, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    amazing! so much movement and atmosphere, and yet the eye is still drawn to the man in the center. Stunning photo.

  101. Sarah

    July 14, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I started using this blog while studying my secondary area of graduate study, costume design; but I have found at least as many, maybe more, images that become inspiration for my real job, which is lighting design! You take beautiful pictures, sir!

  102. thrilled by the thought

    July 14, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Love the picture and love the suit. I want my husband to have one!

  103. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    The gorgeous “mystery blonde” is Saks Fifth Avenue’s Kate Lassar, she’s Michael Macko’s protogee.

  104. Adiel

    July 14, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I’m loving the spontaneity of this shot! Fantastic photography!

  105. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 12:04 am

    my first comment here!
    this photo is just stunning..
    the dramatic smoke.. beautifully-tailored suit.. and mr. tonchi-bond..

    i also like the silhouette of the guy’s suit on the right.

  106. Concordia Personal Shopper

    July 15, 2008 at 12:08 am

    O M G!!! Is he real???
    He’s so handsome! I┬┤m wordless…

  107. the storyteller

    July 15, 2008 at 1:25 am

    WOW! what a great shot! the depth of field adds a whole new dimension to what is already a very vintage-y setting =)

  108. The Voracious Vegan

    July 15, 2008 at 1:31 am

    This picture is too amazing. Really puts you right there in the moment. I feel as if I’m making eye contact with that handsome man while passing through a cloud of cigarette smoke. Love it!

  109. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 1:37 am

    This is almost like a vogue shoot.
    WOW! great picture!!!!!

  110. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 1:41 am

    this is so cheesy, but I love this photo so much that it could make me cry.

  111. steelcloset

    July 15, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Oowee, it’s like a scene from the movie with the guy moving in slow motion. And what’s he holding in his hand. There’s so much mystery involved. I wish there was a closeup for details.

  112. Michon

    July 15, 2008 at 2:34 am

    truly a perfect moment captured

  113. Chez

    July 15, 2008 at 2:56 am

    God this shot is amazing!

  114. Diana

    July 15, 2008 at 3:03 am

    I┬┤ve just checked a couple of your older photos of Mr Tonchi.
    Till now, he has been a very stylish male for me.
    On this photo, he became a MAN.
    Great shot! Congratulation!

  115. beauty people

    July 15, 2008 at 3:40 am

    fantastic photo! That man….. That woman….. It’s brilliant!
    The man, the woman and the smoke. Simply brilliant

  116. Teresa

    July 15, 2008 at 3:46 am

    I love the dress the girl is wearing. What a great pic! :)


    July 15, 2008 at 3:50 am

    That’s such a great shot – makes me feel excited just looking at it. It reminds me of a Joel Sternfeld:

  118. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Bimba y Lola headband, en Espa├▒a.

  119. baballa

    July 15, 2008 at 3:59 am


  120. Fashion Tidbits

    July 15, 2008 at 4:10 am

    what a fabulous picture!

  121. Honeybee

    July 15, 2008 at 4:36 am

    How do you do it?

  122. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 5:45 am

    absolutely beautiful sart

  123. filoderba

    July 15, 2008 at 6:00 am

    a fellini moment. beautiful.

  124. Esti

    July 15, 2008 at 6:51 am

    That is “The” moment…what a great shot!

  125. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 8:37 am

    fantastic shot, sart!!
    awesome how many fantastic details are caught in this shot and compose a perfect whole. the (seemingly) old car in the background, the italian caf├ę-bits on the side, the gorgeous woman and the man she seems to be following, the cigarette just being flicked and the smoke just being exhaled.. i’m seriously jealous of that pic.

  126. Moi

    July 15, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Kick ass shot!

  127. The Danettes

    July 15, 2008 at 9:11 am

    sooooo stylish!

  128. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 9:13 am


  129. Iheartfashion

    July 15, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Stefano looks impeccable as always! The shot does look like a still from a movie, great capture.

  130. White Russian

    July 15, 2008 at 11:54 am

    This is incredible.

  131. simplyolive

    July 15, 2008 at 11:58 am

    amazing shot!

    (are you sure this wasn’t staged??)

  132. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    I love the blonde woman, I think she makes this photo so much more Bond — she is sexy and chic, he is cool and composed. I believe her hat is some sort of head band, with a bow? And the sweetheart neckline is classic bombshell. There’s an old movie quality to her.

  133. cordelia

    July 15, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    This is good indeed. This is good photographer’s luck!

  134. Stephanie H.

    July 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    That is a stunning photo. I want to be there. I love photos that capture a moment in time like this. You are very talented.

  135. Romi

    July 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Great picture!! Love everything about it.

  136. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Sart, this is really wonderful.

  137. Paul

    July 15, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Whaow! Fantastic shot. This sort of shot can’t be planned. Nice work capturing the moment! There is so much to like here.

  138. john

    July 15, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I want that look!
    SImple straightforward elegance in a modern suit. Why is this so hard to find outside of Manhattan and Milan?

  139. Cristina

    July 15, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    thanks Sart

  140. Kat

    July 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Amazing shot Sart, it really shows your photographers intuition. Thanks for explaining it wasn’t setup.
    He is perfection, I wouldn’t change a thing, as is she.

  141. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 11:22 pm


  142. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I agree with anonymous – skinny is the best accessory. It is striking to see so many people in the photos with a healthy, lean figure. In the States, that seems to be the exception, not the rule! That has totally flip-flopped over the past 30 years.

  143. Anonymous

    July 16, 2008 at 5:29 am


    This is, without any doubts, your best shot (so far)!

    Well done,

  144. Anonymous

    July 16, 2008 at 6:55 am

    perfect shot, wow!!!


  145. nathalie

    July 16, 2008 at 10:16 am

    oh my, it looks like catch in a movie-take!

  146. Anonymous

    July 16, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    please post some pictures of that blonde!

  147. Alicia

    July 16, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Amazing! The chaos happening all around is completely oblivious to him. With a smile! Love it…

  148. Lisa

    July 16, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I think I am in love..stunning man.
    Great shot

  149. {this is glamorous}

    July 16, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    It’s perfect.

  150. Colleen

    July 16, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Everything is beautiful!

  151. Adam

    July 16, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    suit for him is spot on, conservative, clean, crisp. I would mix it up a little bit, open collar, ascot with an Etro pocket square or a maybe psycho bunny tie with bright colored socks, I am very much a Derrick Miller and Barker Black fan. Giving the classic suit a twist and making it colorful by ways of accessories would be my ideal suit any day.

  152. FJR

    July 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    I love this shot. Scott’s Sartorialist street style + Bresson’s Decisive Moment = pure fashion bliss.

  153. dmfashion

    July 17, 2008 at 12:08 am

    this woman is gorgeous!

  154. PhilM

    July 17, 2008 at 12:20 am

    nice suit! love the shoulders, especially. love the narrow lapels. by the way, Scott, i’ve noticed that wide lapels on men’s jackets seem to catch your eye–why is that? ok, back to this guy’s suit: no comment on the tie, shirt or pocket square–they’re all fine; yes, the pants are too long–don’t care for that crumpled up look at the bottom–works with jeans, not really with suit pants. cigarette smoke gives the shot a “realistic” effect, but also adds an element of mystery. and wow, that woman crossing in front has a great outfit on. love that hat!

  155. Anonymous

    July 17, 2008 at 3:44 am

    What a shot, Sart.

    I love that sweet look on Stefano’s face as he sees you.

  156. Anonymous

    July 17, 2008 at 5:29 am

    How great the world would look if this was a snapshot of reality!

  157. The Sartorialist

    July 17, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Sara 5:29

    this is a snapshot of reality – you just have to open your eyes to see it when it is happening.

  158. Nina

    July 17, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Hi! Absolutely love your pics! Is it possible to buy them? Many would make splendid art to hang on the wall!

  159. Anonymous

    July 17, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Nice shot

  160. melenie

    July 18, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Again, another Bresson “decisive moment” it.

  161. Anonymous

    July 18, 2008 at 2:59 am

    The suit is so well fitted, and he looks so dapper and it’s just such a perfect shot… but I can’t take my eyes off of the woman in the beautiful, amazingly fitted black dress, and her fantastic hat.

  162. Olimpia Liberti

    July 18, 2008 at 11:25 am

    I love those moments. And you captured well!

  163. Anonymous

    July 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Chapeau!!Sart. what an eye and finger reaction! you’ve held time down at the precise instant. Tku.

  164. Chocopunk

    July 19, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Very nice shot !

  165. Anonymous

    July 20, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Great Shot! It looks staged.

  166. Jessica

    July 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    my favorite of your shots. it’s so milan….

  167. Anonymous

    July 21, 2008 at 3:20 am

    A Masterpiece!

  168. gabriel

    July 21, 2008 at 5:13 am

    This is an unbelievably beautiful photograph. An instant classic in every way. It’s nearly unthinkable that anyone could possibly take this picture candid on the street in Milan, and yet it is so.

    There are six subjects in all in the composition. My favorite subtlety in that regard is the man shadowing the protagonist, carrying a small notepad, whose blue shirt provides counterpoint behind Mr. Tonchi’s left arm. It gives him depth and, in a way, importance, as if that shadow-man is his valet, or perhaps a rival secret agent.

    The form is incredibly constructed, from the linear chair legs, blue tie, and shirt collars to the curving bicycle tire, vintage car wheel and female form hugged in the black dress. Then the chromatic composition, playing with blues, blacks, beige, and burgundy.

    For me, this photograph embodies the highest ideals of art: intuition, emotion, and technique. It’s pieces like this that remind me why I love to be alive.

    So, thank you so much for sharing it. You’ve changed my life in a meaningful way.

  169. Jack Daniel

    July 21, 2008 at 5:41 am

    i love it that you put the focus on the man.

    nice timing.

  170. Jackie

    July 23, 2008 at 1:29 am

    This shot is amazing.

  171. Ikasu

    July 24, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Amazing! Looks like it was set-up for a fashion shoot.

  172. Anonymous

    July 24, 2008 at 6:59 am

    love it. this is just a fantastic moment to snap!

  173. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 10:20 am

    damm he looks sharp

  174. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    look occasionally at your blog just for amazing photo content. first time to comment. this photo had me come back to it four or five times. stunning. thank you.

  175. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    submit this photograph somewhere. one of a kind without a doubt.

  176. Anonymous

    July 29, 2008 at 12:49 am

    this photo is amazing. it blows me away.

  177. Anonymous

    January 22, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I’m so happy I discovered your blog! This amazing shot, entitled Mr. Tonchi, is just an incredible photograph! Much like you, Scott, I LOVE the kind of imagery you capture, especially since I believe wonderful fashion is should never be overlooked photographically! Continued best wishes!


  178. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 9:58 am

    just 1 word; AMAZING!!!

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  180. mack

    August 14, 2011 at 11:45 am

    i like the smoke in the pic

  181. Mr. Lessismore

    November 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Guess… all of them were close to a church’s door for a wedding. It’s so chic!

  182. From North Dakota, With Love

    November 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    This is truly an amazing shot. You definitely have an eye for things.

  183. Martine

    July 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    That guy looks perfect!!!! Thats how you wear a suit. Finally, pants that are long enough. Classy!

  184. Martine

    July 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    How the heck does Scott come along at the perfect time all the time?????????

  185. Mark

    July 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    wonderful photo, such an elegant man

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