The Sartorialist is not an original concept to me. There is/was a Japanese fashion magazine that had a web presence with the same concept. They would send their photographers to fashion centers such as Paris, London, New York, etc to take photographs of fashion on the street. I wish I could find the magazine’s website or figure out its name.
Anyway, the idea of the Sartorialist or the aforementioned Japanese Magazine is something that I could never pull-off on my own. For me to go on a street corner and ask to take a picture of a random fashionista would either include me being labeled a perv or face down on the ground being heckled as a perv by random people.
I have to give it to the Sartorialist, Scott Schuman, because he has an eye for things that I neglect to fully notice until it has been pointed out to me. I appreciate the pretty pictures, the pretty clothes, and the pretty girls, but I really fully appreciate the ability to make a story out of a picture and give inspirations to the otherwise naive and ignorant. There are many things that can be said about a person and their clothes and what is left unsaid must be found out.