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We Turn the Camera on Fashion Week Photographers

By  Janet Upadhye and Jude Domski | February 13, 2013 7:25am 

NEW YORK CITY — The long walkway leading to the entrance of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week overflows with fashion photographers and bloggers.

From all over the world they come, looking to capture the latest street trends. DNAinfo.com New York turned the camera on these Fashion Week snappers to find out who they are and where their pictures end up.

We found the gaggle of photogs include scientists with a knack for fashion and professional fashion editors and photographers — such as street photography legend Bill Cunningham who continues to grace the tents at Lincoln Center when Fashion Week rolls around.

One thing every photographer at Fashion Week has in common is a love of style.

“Fashion is a barometer of society and life, both what is and will be,” said Laurie Schechter, who runs an online magazine called Totally Cool.

“It is an art, in that it is the ultimate form of personal expression for those who create it, those who wear it and those who cover it.”

Matthew Henning, 30, is a photo hobbyist who loves street style. When not working his day job as a scientist for The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, he takes pictures for his fashion blog, Seven Letter Streets. He believes that what regular people wear to attend fashion shows is just as important as what is coming down the runway.

His favorite show to shoot street wear at is Y-3.

“The people that go to the show are definitely some of my favorites each Fashion Week — it is the one show I make sure I'm available to shoot the crowds,” he said. “It's very ‘street,’ for a lack of a better word, not as high fashion.”

Andrea Monica Hug, from Zurich, Switzerland, shoots street fashion for a website called Chic in Zurich.

She flew to New York City on her own dime to capture the street style of Fashion Week show-goers.

On any given day during Fashion Week, she will shoot more than 500 pictures of people who are wearing something new, daring or fabulous. She said there is no place like New York Fashion Week to catch the latest trends.

"I love that fashion changes your attitude — the way you move, and the way you feel," she said.

"I love to photograph the most elegant people."