Loathe: The Sartorialist Prints

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You could own a print of this boring photo of the back of a woman crossing a street.

I was browsing through the brand list on Net A Porter and I came across The Sartorialist. That peaked my interest, because last time I checked, The Sartorialist is not a fashion brand that sells product (aside from books.) So I clicked through, presuming they’d be selling his books.

As expected, they were. But they were also selling his prints. HIS PRINTS. Of girls on the street. Those repetitive images he continues to post on his website, can now be purchased in a 11″ by 14″ format for $40 each. Not limited edition, just a boring old print of one of his boring old photos. Apparently it will “make a chic addition to your home or office.” That is, if your home or office are so devoid of personality and style that you resort to hanging overseen street style images on your wall.

The Sartorialist prints, $40, from Net A Porter. I dare you to buy me one, I’ll tape it onto my bathroom floor.

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  • AnaO

    Have the people in his pictures agreed for their prints to be sold? Will they earn anything?

  • AnaO

    Have the girls agreed to have their photos sold? Will they earn anything?

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I don’t know, but I doubt it. I think The Sartorialist has the rights to use his own photos commercially, and doesn’t need to seek consent from the subjects, given these photos were taken on public property. I think…

    Although I presume he would have asked, since he wouldn’t want to upset his subjects. He photographs the same 50 people over and over again… he will want to keep them sweet.

    (p.s. I deleted one of your comments as it appeared to be a double of this one.)

  • http://doc-fashion.blogspot.com/ Akvile

    I read today that Garance’s selling her prints for 35 (fashion illustrations).

    Well, the situation is changing – some years ago no one would go straight to a stranger’s camera, now some street style photographers even have to find their way out of the crowd standing so close “by chance”. Still not always and not for all, but today it’s a “good” thing to be caught in a stylish moment.

    A. from http://doc-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Fashion illustrations have slightly more value than lame street style pics, but originals, not prints. I mean, she isn’t bloody Picasso, sell originals, or don’t bother.



  • Eva

    I think if a photo is used for commercial purposes (i.e. if the photographer earns money from it), the photographer needs to seek consent from the subjects no matter where the photo was taken. These laws are different in each country, though.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I’m not trying to turn this into a debate on the subject, but I think you may be wrong. Celebrities don’t get paid when a paparazzi takes a photo of them in a public place, even though they make money off it, right? And The Sartorialist is like a pap, except he does more tasteful photos (I’ll give him that.) Anyway, that’s not the point, but I think when it is a public place, they don’t have to be paid.

  • http://doc-fashion.blogspot.com/ Akvile

    Well.. yes, agree with you. I personally do hand drawn illustrations only and don’t plan to switch to illustrator to modify pictures into illustration. It’s one original, that’s all said. But a lot of illustrators today don’t hold the pencil and create realistic AI (Adobe Illustrator) transformations. Even more, they sell the digital prints, cycles of editions and pricing for some of them start from 100 USD.