Getting into the tent for a runway show during FASHION WEEK is a cat fight! The RUNWAY PHOTOGRAPHERS have to fit into a very tight spot. They are allotted one square foot and their lens cannot swing from side to side. If they break this house rule they are kicked out by the production team. Their goal is to capture a full lenght photo of every model. They have to catch her with her eyes open and her front foot must be down and flat. They tend to use 70-200 mm zooms. Most shows only last about 10 minutes so they have to shoot thousands of images to get their perfect shots.
This is the view I get of the photographers from my spot in the VIP BOX! I get rude remarks from them…they are squeezed in and I sit there with my little Panasonic ZS 20 and a glass of champagne. Such a rough life!
Most of the photographers in this group are paparazzi.…….trying to get a shot that will bring big bucks. Some are from other countries covering the event for a magazine or newspaper. Some are very sweet……….others are “killers” and will trample over anyone who gets in their way………. to get their shot. I miss a lot of celebrities because I stand back from the mayhem. It is not a glamorous task but I do have fun.
Of course, Bill Cunningham was there every day…….shooting like mad.
He shoots 35mm slides. No digital! He has over one million negs in his files.