Street-style photography is more than just capturing the perfectly-timed and posed Brad Pitt with his coffee latte outside an Italian cafe. Street-style photography is an art, the rawest of fashion emotions captured at an unmediated chance encounters within public places. The fashion industry, in particular, that now sits atop any other industry, has a lot to credit street-style photography. Taking their skill to the roads, the street-style photographers have evolved as amiable, accessible entities to the sartorial pedestals, the so-called celebrity-style upon.
They have made possible an ‘oblivious persona’ walking down the street in a mismatched combo look cool. A young girl draping herself up in her boyfriend’ s over-sized blazer looks funky or even a wearisome man in his worn-out denim awaiting the green-light signal appears candidly fashionable.
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When talking of street-style photography, a huge part of its ‘climb’ can be traced to the iconic, Bill Cunningham. Merging together the rawness and immediacy of street photography with the glamour and extravaganza of fashion, Cunningham invented a whole new genre that will be the forerunner in street-style blogs.
Even after his demise in 2016, many of today’s street-style photographers talk about his direct influence on them. As Bill Cunningham, once famously said, “The best fashion show is on the street. Always has been. Always will be."
Here’s a look at some street-style photographers to inspire you today:
Offered an opportunity to cover for fashion week street styles such as Style.com and GQ.com, Tommy Ton is known for his flair for capturing the details of the best styles adopted by the über-fashion editors.
A frequent face in every London, Paris, Milan fashion week, Phil Oh captures street style globally as a means to a new exciting life. He is now mostly given assignments by fashion powerhouse magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Grazia magazines.
He is as Swiss-born world-traveller who also happens to snap street style of different origins and attitudes. His knack of giving a feast to the eyes have also made him publish two books and frequently be collaborated with Armani, Esprit and Volvo.
Scoot Schuman and Garance Dore
Two is better than one! This power couple of street style photography catapulted to stardom with his chance encounters of real-people-on-the-street snaps. Before he even met Granace Dore, Scoot had collaborated as a photographer and model with important brands and publications such as Gap, Burberry, DKNY Jeans, GQ, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris. In 2008, he met Garance Doré – a blogger and an illustrator for Louis Vuitton, Dior, Kate Spade, and Gap. Sharing an equal love for street-style photography, they continue to inspire each other.