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Meet the Men Who Shoot Fashion Week Models for No Money

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For some street style photographers at Fashion Week, money isn't even part of the equation. In the new film The Other Side of Fashion Week, now seeking funding on Kickstarter, director Salome Oggenfuss documents the lives of outsider photographers who travel to New York, London, Paris, and Milan to photograph models on the street, just as a passion and a hobby. "These men use cameras as tools to gain access to a world they do not belong to. They are all outsiders who are seeking connections with other people—in their case, some of the most beautiful women in the world," Oggenfuss told Dazed in an interview about the documentary.

Oggenfuss first encountered outsider groups of model photographers while she was working on fashion week casting, and she wanted to know their back stories. One of the subjects featured is Bobby, a retired Florida schoolteacher who has been photographing outside of fashion week for almost a decade without making any money. "When I started doing interviews with models and fashion industry people, I realized many of them were aware of this kooky southern guy who photographs them outside the shows, but no one knew where he came from or what he takes pictures for," Oggenfuss said.

In the documentary, Oggenfuss visits Bobby's home, which is decorated with all the portraits of models he's photographed during fashion weeks. "They asked John Dillinger why he robbed banks, and he told them 'Because that's where the money is.' 'Why do you photograph female models? Well, that's where the beauty is,'" he says in The Other Side of Fashion Week.
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