Susannah Benjamin Captures Behind-The-Scenes Moments At Fashion Week
July 11, 2017
Susannah Benjamin recently had an opportunity to shoot models backstage at Fashion Week. Here’s how she recounts the experience:
“I’ve shot backstage at Paris Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and a Beyoncé concert, but I would still consider myself an outsider when it comes to the world of backstage and event photography. For years, my primary focus has been conceptual photography, where each image requires storyboarding, styling, casting and set building—more or less the antithesis of photojournalism.
“While shooting at a Galliano fashion show, I was struck by the confidence of the other photographers—they seemed to know exactly which shots they were looking for and just how much they could impose upon the models, security staff and fashion crew for the sake of a picture. Despite their familiarity with the backstage scene, most of them were shooting the same images: Eye-level shots of a model getting her hair done or striking a cutesy pose while waiting for makeup.
“Being less familiar with the conventions of backstage photography was ultimately an asset in this scenario, as I was able to capture what I hope are more engaging and less predictable images. A lot of the time my approach was only slightly different from those around me. It wasn’t about making drastic changes, just small tweaks that could set my images apart in subtle but effective ways.”