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epilogue features ‘the sartorialist’

In Fashion, Miscellaneous on August 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm

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(Shorts Summer in Florence, The Sartorialist)

My friend, Corban, helped develop and create an online magazine called Epilogue. As a new endeavor, this ‘literary journal’ incorporates many new artists, underground music, cultural statements, and in-depth interviews with a crop of interesting intellectuals. I receive the weekly digest of new stories every Monday and was elated to see that Corban had interviewed my own personal blog crush himself: Scott Schuman, the Sartorialist.

Highlights from the interview include:

On Scott Schuman’s Midwest upbringings: That’s absolutely a huge part of what informed my eye. I don’t shoot too many things that are just dramatically crazy over-the-top. I think that I shoot a lot of things that people can relate to… Growing up in Indiana where that stuff is not readily available or easily available, I learned how to maintain a certain romance and see it in a certain way.

How The Sartorialist idea was developed: Like anybody I like to people watch. I can’t say that I’m a big aficionado or anything of street style… I love all the magazines, all the Vogue’sand the GQ’s, all the big magazines or the little ones. So for me it was just kind of a supplement, to allow for a great fantasy world where street style is much more reality based.

On the global spread of his photos: One of the things that I knew was that because it was Internet and it was so photo-driven, people didn’t have to speak English to enjoy the site… I end up writing a little bit more just to help people see it in the direction that I saw it, to be able to enjoy the audience I’ve created and be a part of that conversation. But past that, I like having people make up their own minds about how they think about something.

Food for thought: These bigger guys that I shoot, they say, I took that picture to Nordstrom’s and asked the guy to help get me dressed like this. Things like that are great because it’s not about them buying expensive suits, it’s about looking at one of the images I’ve taken and figure how they feel they can make their life better.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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