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Sunday, November 14, 2010

On the Street....Piazza delle Coppelle, Rome

Comments on "On the Street....Piazza delle Coppelle, Rome"


Blogger Artfully Awear said ... (8:10 AM) : 

Those pants look interesting creeping out--wide chalk stripe is one of my favorites!


Blogger Maureen said ... (8:16 AM) : 

Love the facial features- and the hand on the hip.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:23 AM) : 

Could this guy BE any more Italian? Beautiful image as always. I love how you really convey the essence and attitude of the individual people you photograph. X


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:26 AM) : 

Foto significativa. Apesar de ser muito diferente, claro! Retrata de forma ilustre uma boa fotografia. Adorei, minha favorita!


Blogger said ... (8:34 AM) : 

Lovely - right out of Penn's Small Trades.


Anonymous Qing Y said ... (8:34 AM) : 

glad to see some of non-fashion-people shots which can be very inspirational too!


Blogger Angelica said ... (8:35 AM) : 

cool shoot!


Blogger Alexandra said ... (8:41 AM) : 

amazing pic


Anonymous commefraiche said ... (8:45 AM) : 

black & white photography was a good choice for this shot. It really adds to the man's pose!


Blogger Andresgallardo said ... (8:50 AM) : 

uhoooo, very nice.


Anonymous Anna said ... (8:55 AM) : 

Very classy, in a place where you wouldn't expect it.


Blogger Cecille said ... (8:57 AM) : 

love the antique furniture from rome's cafes!! great picture


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:58 AM) : 

Can't tell if he smiles of if he is angry... amazing face



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:06 AM) : 

Love it :)

Can't wait to see more pics from Rome!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:07 AM) : 

Dear Sartorialist,

Why did you just post a picture of a baker in a baker's outfit? Are you losing it?

A fan


Blogger Miguel Ignacio said ... (9:08 AM) : 

Even tho it is a uniform, You can tell how this man wears it with proud and self style. Nice picture as usual.


Blogger Sophia said ... (9:11 AM) : 

Somehow oldschool. Like he jumped out of an old italian film. Exept of the cigarette maybe. But how he stands there is fantastic!


Anonymous Dolly said ... (9:23 AM) : 

Is he Italian? I dont think so,, he looks foreign, tired,, but i loove the pose!! <3


Anonymous lily said ... (9:25 AM) : 

lovin' the sass


Anonymous alessandra said ... (9:32 AM) : 

Finalmente Roma!
Love the streets intersected in this part of Rome.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:42 AM) : 

He looks very Malaysian to me... Is he really Italian?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:42 AM) : 

Could this guy BE any less Italian ;) I think he's from Bangladesh, and one of the many foreign behind-the-screen-workers. With an attitude!


Blogger Chia May said ... (9:54 AM) : 

wow i love the pose and the attitude!


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:59 AM) : 

loved the photo, very italian and very pizza ;-)


Anonymous Istanbulboy said ... (10:06 AM) : 

Great photo, especially in b/w - August Sander in a fashion pose?!!



Blogger Words said ... (10:07 AM) : 

love the white in varied textures, if I use my imagination and replace the white with embroidered arabesques you can see how the silhouet is very near east... but I'm stretching it... I think the intention of this image may have been attitude and posture.


Blogger Sternchen56 said ... (10:09 AM) : 

He looks great,this hard working guy.



Blogger hang yong cho said ... (10:10 AM) : 

HI why dont you come to korea, please come to korea ,, korea is also good place to see the new and fresh things. i hope you come to korea . bye


Blogger Sternchen56 said ... (10:20 AM) : 

He looks great this hard working guy.



Blogger Anna said ... (10:28 AM) : 

my new brand outfit!!!

come to see me:


Anonymous Curro said ... (10:31 AM) : 

Wooow, this is totally awesome...a guy wearing a plain white polo t-shirt and an apron!!! And such a tough attitude. ¿Are u kidding me Sart? Sorry but this is NOTHING


Blogger Chelsea Finn said ... (10:32 AM) : 

I love how this was taken with black and white. It makes the image even more perfect.

<3Chelsea Elizabeth


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:08 AM) : 

I love it when you photograph people at work. It's much more interesting than yet another photo of some pretty person from the fashion industry posing in nice clothes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:18 AM) : 

He looks like Malay to me as well. And not particularly happy. I like his strong pose, his attitude, which is, OK, I'm here, I'll do it. What does the behind the screen worker mean? Illegal?


Anonymous jimjims said ... (12:14 PM) : 

working class!!!


Anonymous Tom said ... (12:34 PM) : 

Wonderful photo. It's reminiscent of Irving Penn's best work.


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (12:39 PM) : 

THis is a great black and white photo!


Anonymous Fut-iL said ... (12:50 PM) : 

♥ it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:30 PM) : 

The composition of the face reminds me of a Picasso painting.


Anonymous nora said ... (2:19 PM) : 

This is reminiscent of August Sander's style. I love the nod to classic photography.


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:38 PM) : 

Love his attitude xxx


Blogger my.amalgam said ... (2:51 PM) : 

wow this has so much emotion in a simple photo!


Blogger annamaria potamiti said ... (2:56 PM) : 

So cooool!


Anonymous Vince Granado said ... (3:22 PM) : 

Looks like a Filipino worker in Rome to me ;-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:22 PM) : 

This is a beautiful picture.

Apart from that, I don't agree with people criticising the simplicity of the man's outfit and the photograph - first of all, it doesn't matter because it's not just about the most special choice of clothes, and also, what right do they have to complain about what someone posts on his blog? Criticising is okay, of course, but criticising a picture only because of its motif seems a little thoughtless to me.


Blogger Shilpi Tomar said ... (4:24 PM) : 

this is one of my favorite photographs you have posted



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:39 PM) : 

Excellent. I love how "some people" just don't get it. Style, baby!


Blogger Arantxa Chavarria said ... (5:34 PM) : 

love the photo... really interesting!


Blogger Maia said ... (5:43 PM) : 

This is a gorgeous shot.


Anonymous jaicroise said ... (5:48 PM) : 

great pants !!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:01 PM) : 

Great shot.

Lest we forget the working people of Rome.

The reality of restaurant kitchens is disposable chef's hats, comfortable shoes and smoking breaks..

You captured this one beautifully.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:54 PM) : 

love the emotion, the pic is wonderdul


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:13 PM) : 

LOVE this shot! Please post more photos such as this one. I enjoy these shots of random people more than the 'fashiony' shots, as I tend to find them really interesting and thought-provoking.
I think it's pics such as these that really show a person's essence, you know? And to me that's what's really beautiful.


Blogger Liz S said ... (7:42 PM) : 

Not sure I get this photo of a smoking cook with dirty runners in a blog called the Sartorialist. But then as someone said--you can post what you like in your own blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:42 PM) : 

This shot is a great example of how "being Italian" is not about skin color, but attitude!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:02 PM) : 

Love that he is smoking a cigarette when he is about to go cook. He is really making a great statement and great attitude. I'd love to have what he is cookin.


Anonymous gucci online shop said ... (9:16 PM) : 

thx sharing,i do agree with your point about fashion


Blogger J_so_sweet said ... (9:54 PM) : 

he looks so tired..... cheer up!


Anonymous Lee Oliveira said ... (10:25 PM) : 

Very italian.. love the posture.
B&W photograph its just superb


Blogger Frozen Fashion said ... (10:49 PM) : 

How you have the crisp white of his uniform stand out is just great!


Blogger xoxo Mimi said ... (11:01 PM) : 

Interesting photograph. Wonder what his story is.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:58 PM) : 

I prefer a scene like this to just a well-dressed man.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:10 AM) : 

LOVE this photo!! His eyes are curious.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:46 AM) : 

Gorgeous photo. As a number of people have noted, this man has true style--he wears his uniform with attitude and, in doing so, he shows us something about himself via his clothing and self-presentation. Count me as another reader who much prefers these shots to your homages to fashionistas...


Blogger The Accidental Nerd said ... (1:04 AM) : 

This photo says so much just from one look. It looks as if it could be from any decade too.


Blogger Barry said ... (1:57 AM) : 

The cook's most likely a refugee from Bangladesh. Many work in restaurants and small shops.


Blogger thwany said ... (2:17 AM) : 

love his pose


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:38 AM) : 

Sumptuous contrast. Thanks for posting this beautiful shot.


Anonymous Ripense said ... (3:41 AM) : 



Blogger TheStreetFashion5xpro said ... (4:12 AM) : 

this is art...great black and white


Blogger Gianluca said ... (4:14 AM) : 

Although he's not italian, though he's just wearing his job's outfit, though a lot of thing, this picture tells about style, not fashion, tells about personality, and tells about rome now, somehow. As roman, i kinda love this picture!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:47 AM) : 

This variation on your usual style, b/w arts and crafts, reminds me of the great Seifert series. With no drama and tragedy: Still, the way we dress says something about our life and struggle.


Blogger Gegenschlag said ... (6:45 AM) : 

Very pasoliniano


Anonymous Henry Fry said ... (7:01 AM) : 

This guy has swagger!


Anonymous Jacobo said ... (7:07 AM) : 



Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said ... (9:14 AM) : 

I don't understand the critical comments about this photo.

I think it's beautiful. I wonder what's going on with the man in the photo. What's his story? Where is he from and how did he end up in Rome?

I also happen to love the restaurant in that piazza. Maccheroni is very good.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:55 AM) : 

I think he is one of the many Bangladeshi migrants who work in the Italian hospitaltity industry to help support their families back home. Thanks, Sart, for posting it! As a Bangladeshi myslf, it makes me proud. Hard graft and professional integrity speak for themselves.


Blogger krapula said ... (11:37 AM) : 

nice pic.... I don't really get how people can confuse bangldesh features with italian features... And I also don't think that this picture identify so well italy. Many of these comments show a an idea of italy as it was 60 years ago. I think instead that this picture represents perfectly what is the life in rome in these years. perfect!


Blogger B. said ... (12:19 PM) : 

Nice pose!!!



Anonymous Victoria Regia said ... (12:30 PM) : 

I agree with Commefraiche - black and white was the best choice for this shot. The subject seems very photogenic and also has a graceful, slim silhouette. I love his pants and sneakers in particular. This picture tells a thousand stories about Rome and the world in general at this particular moment in history. Beautiful!


Anonymous Leah said ... (12:35 PM) : 

Love the pose!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:10 PM) : 

This website is still called "The Sartorialist," right?

Certainly our love of democracy and the common man/woman does not require self-referential abandonment of aesthetic judgements--to include evaluations of "better" and "worse" clothing. Of course, the common man/woman are often graced with fine fashion sensibilities, which this website rightly and frequently celebrates. But this post is not one of those cases.

As succinctly put above, "Are you losing it?"


Blogger Liv said ... (1:27 PM) : 

Rome can seem traditional at a first glimpse but there is always a surprise behind every corner...may it be fashion or architecture.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:48 PM) : 

I'm having difficulty appreciating the romanticism of workers here. This is not to say that I don't respect hard working people, particularly of the working and immigrant classes. I certainly do as I am one of them and have lived in working class communities most of my life.

MOST of the photos here are of people from professional and privileged backgrounds, with a healthy smattering of the striving middle class mixed in. All of those people are expressing their individual styles based on their own choices and their ability purchase or be gifted their wardrobe. I love what they wear, that's why I come here.

The people in their workers uniforms must wear the clothes or else no job. These are not their sartorial choices.

So what are we admiring here? Their ability to have dignity that transcends the demands of their working lives, including wardrobe? Ok, fine. That's definitely worth something. I love the idea of it. But here, where everyday working class people who don't wear uniforms are rarely featured? What makes the uniform more worthy of exaltation than say, an administrative assistant getting off the subway carrying her lunch in a Victoria's Secret shopping bag? Would her New York & Co. or Strawberries trench and hobo purse be worthy of a mention? Or is she excluded because she did choose those things and they are not fashionable enough? Would people applaud her working class dignity or consider her tacky? I really don't know because such women aren't featured here, but I get the feeling there would be protests if she (or her male mailroom counterpart) showed up too often.

My main point is that the dignity-of-the-struggle idea can be patronizing. How about a picture of this dude in his off-duty wear? Would people still be impressed with his "pride," "sass," and "attitude?" Or would they be a little afraid?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:48 PM) : 

This guy is from the Indian sub-continent, though that doesn't necessarily make him any less 'Italian' than many of Rome's other inhabitants. He is a pizzaiolo. These men are keeping Italy's kitchens running. Nice to see the Sartoliast capture an often ignored aspect of Rome.



Blogger Sous les pavés le jasmin said ... (4:16 AM) : 

This picture looks like the wonderful work of Irving Penn, who tried to keep a memory of all the "little jobs".
I really like your blog. It makes me like travel around the word.
I think that it's rare to find people who have a really good taste in fashion but in your pictures, I can always see beautiful things.

Sorry for my bad english...
Good cheer !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:54 AM) : 

I'm sure someone else has already made this comment but a very nice shout out to Irving Penn!


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:01 AM) : 

LOVE this photo. The man has pizzazz.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:51 PM) : 

Get a grip people...this is not about fashion, it's about the human experience and beautifully composed, dramatic and full of expression. Do all the photos posted have to be about people who can afford designer clothes? Open your eyes to a different kind of beauty.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:02 PM) : 

i love that he has as much swag as any number of your highly dressed subjects.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:47 PM) : 

love the shot! this guy is not italian though.


Anonymous fairytale from norway said ... (3:45 PM) : 

its looks like he's from a different time. wow. so amazing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:05 AM) : 

I seriously don't understand people's criticism of such images on thesartorialist.
Fashion isn't about the threads, but it's about an attitude, a look, a feeling.
Sart's pictures sing from the rest of the crappy street style blogs because the people in them are COMPELLING.

If people stopped being elitist racists, they might find beauty more often (and not have to resort to $10000 hand bags to feel happy.)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:10 AM) : 

Seriously, people? Relax. Just enjoy the picture already. Don't be snobs just because you can. Sheesh...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:51 PM) : 

What a beautiful photograph. I love its texture and the subject. And no, it's not patronizing at all, as some people - who ARE they? - imply here.For me, this is not only a fashion blog, but a blog that shares your sensibility as a photographer.Keep the good work Mr. Sartorialist, it's a joy.


Blogger Rosiroo said ... (7:49 AM) : 

"I seriously don't understand people's criticism of such images on thesartorialist.
Fashion isn't about the threads, but it's about an attitude, a look, a feeling.
Sart's pictures sing from the rest of the crappy street style blogs because the people in them are COMPELLING."

Well said!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:59 PM) : 

The mood on this one seems more intense than any other picture I've seen here. Wisely captured in black and white.Lovely!


Blogger diane d said ... (9:22 PM) : 

We stayed at a wonderful 4th floor apt, sans elevator, right in the Piazza some 3 years ago...sigh, you've made me happy..memories


Anonymous Sarita said ... (10:12 PM) : 

another one of your lovely portraits.


Anonymous Eli said ... (4:18 PM) : 

He wears his job well.


Anonymous hibah said ... (6:06 PM) : 

This is stunning and refreshing. I'd bet money that he's Bangladeshi, but that doesn't make him any less a part of Roman fabric than the stilettoed, couture-clad ladies we're used to. A truly perfect image of classic, old school aesthetics and the face of modern globalization.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:54 PM) : 

It's nice you have included a nice "everyday" scene in this album.
Even though he looks like he doesn't have a super glamour job, he is very elegant.
Well done, it's nice to see some real life people (and new Italians)!


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