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Scott Schuman just wanted to take photographs of people on the street who looked great. His now famous blog ('the bellwether American site that turned photo blogging into an art form' - "New York Times") was an attempt to showcase the wonderful and varied sartorial tastes of real people - not only those of the fashion industry. The book is a beautiful anthology of Scott's favourite shots from around the world. They include photographs of well-known fashion figures as well as those shots of the anonymous passerby whose imagination and taste delight the viewer. From the streets of Rio to Bejing, Stockholm to Milan, these are the people that have inspired Scott and in turn, inspired designers and people of all ages, wages and nationalities with an interest in fashion. Intimately designed and created with Scott, the book is a handsome object in its own right, in full colour on hand-picked, quality paper. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"More people notice me in The Sartorialist column than in any other publication or website. Obviously the place to be seen!"
-Mario Testino

Scott doesn't just take pictures, he captures emotion. He is not just a photographer. He's a historian marking the feelings of this generation one photo at a time.
-Kanye West

During all the fashion weeks I am approached by many photographers, Scott is the only one who can ask me to cross the street for better light and I do it! I love his portraits.
-Carine Roitfeld, editor of French Vogue

Everybody loves being photographed by Scott Schuman. If he spots you in the crowd, whether in New York or Paris or Milan, it's a kind of validation. And everybody likes to see who he has photographed for The Sartorialist, because it's proof of his critical eye.
-Cathy Horyn, The New York Times
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; a edition (August 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143116371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143116370
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Schuman started The Sartorialist simply to share photos of people that he saw on the streets of New York that he thought looked great. Having worked in fashion industry for fifteen years, he felt there was a disconnect between what he was selling in the showroom and what he was seeing real people (really cool people) wearing in real life. The Sartorialist was his attempt to redress the balance. He began shooting people on the street in a way that he knew most designers hunted for inspiration. Since its beginning the blog has become hugely respected and influential in the fashion industry and beyond, and currently receives over 100,000 hits a day. Scott Schuman now has a monthly page in GQ, shoots regularly for many top fashion magazines around the world, covers all the fashion shows for Style.com, has had his photographs appear in the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, appeared in a GAP ad himself, and has been picked by Time magazine as one of their top 100 design influencers.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By porkchop on August 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
On-the-street fashions are the best. I picked this book up specifically because I was looking for a book of street fashions. I enjoyed this one. It has a lot of beautiful looks in it, but it doesn't have the FORCE of Fruits or Vice Dos and Don'ts: 10 Years of VICE Magazine's Street Fashion Critiques. Like I said, there's some inspiration in here, and some originality, but mostly it's photographs of thin rich people wearing expensive clothes.

I mean, it's nice to see rich people who aren't boring...
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103 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Vivien Li on August 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
It's hard to justify buying this book. Although beautifully photographed with characteristically interesting subjects, these images have already been shown on The Sartorialist blog and Schuman's GQ page. I imagined more of a big, glossy volume and at least a little bit of new photography (instead of new photos, though, there is some caption-style writing). But as it turns out, the book's size is really fantastic, as is the use of thick matte paper. It's also very well priced, so generally speaking my disappointment comes from the expectation of new material.

Schuman is a talented photographer and may be the pioneer of street-style blogs, but he isn't as talented as some of his peers. For example, the French photographer Garance Dore is much more skilled in photography, which may be related to her artistic background as an illustrator. She has a more developed eye for representing beautiful things (rather than just recognizing them), so even though her subjects are more or less the same as Schuman's her photos are much more satisfying to look at.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tami Melendez on December 28, 2009
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I was suprised at the size of this book. It's on the smaller size but very thick and inside I found so many great fashion photographs. It really made me want to dress up and travel the world! I especially loved the photos shot in Paris--so stylish! Overall, this is a great purchase and I am so glad to add it to my collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rosebud on December 26, 2009
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Ok. Let me confess. I'm a huuuge fan of the blog. This book is a presentation of the best pictures culled from Scot Schuman's blog, The Sartorialist. It is a visual and stylish delight. Absolutely wonderful to flip through. The photographs are stunning studies of individual style and quite a colorful inspiration. See all those boots and carmel brown shoes in the photos? Now look around, and you'll see them everywhere in everytown. I think Scot S made a strong impact on fashion, by stylishly chronicling it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookishNYC on December 10, 2009
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This book is a great adjunct to the author's famous website. I have dog-eared so many pages (many more than I have in recent editions of Vogue or Harpers Bazaar) that showcase terrific, real-life STYLE. This book would make a great stocking stuffer for your fashionista friends, or even a nice hostess gift for style-conscious holiday party givers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patty Nishi on July 6, 2013
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Bought the Sartorialist Closer first then purchased this book. Loved both. Look at both the books when I want to be inspired to be creative in my clothing choices.
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By John Matlock on February 16, 2015
Format: Paperback
This book is a personal selection of photographs taken by the author. They are virtually all of people on the streets of major cities: New York, Milan, Paris, Stockholm, London and others. In general this is a fashion book but it does not concentrate on what the big name fashion designers are telling us. Instead it shows what the people out on the street are really wearing. You will find lots of blue jeans, right nest to mini-skirts and three button suits. There is a little bit of text, somewhat like captions, but they are on only a few of the pictures. ==The pictures have been selected from those shown on the authors blog, but they are printed in a rather small format bound book that makes them easy to flip through. I didn't count how many pictures are included, but I would guess about five hundred. It might not sound interesting, but once you pick up the book and open it to a random page, you'll find it hard to put down without going to look at the picture on the next page.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Floetry on October 10, 2011
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In my view this book isn't really about 'street' fashion photography. It's more a personal photo album of Scott Schumann's fashion industry friends in their designer clothing. That's why so many of them appear more than once in the book. Bit of a con really. I also think that so many images of people smoking is likely to influence young people into thinking the deadly habit is 'cool'. It's not and it's never a good look. Infact it's a shame that these folks spend so much money on their clothes only to have them reeking of smoke!

Give me Wayne Tippetts any day! If he ever releases a book of his far superior fashion images, I'll be first in line!
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