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The press for pretty pictures


Amid the glitz and glamour of famous designers, gorgeous clothes, international models and celebrities at this month's Fashion Week in New York City, there was a whole other scene - the chaotic "mosh pit" from which photographers aim their cameras at the models.

We sat, knelt, scrunched or stood, crammed like sardines in a can, to find interesting angles on models sashaying down the runway. Pushing, shouting and general rudeness were part of the routine for every show I attended. Out of roughly 200 local, national and international photographers, there were a few kind souls who helped show me, a newcomer, the ropes.

Before I left for New York, other photographers warned me to sharpen my elbows and not to let the foreign press push me around. I thought they were exaggerating.

The reality turned out to be worse than advertised, as I found myself incrementally nudged off a camera box while waiting for a show to start. At the same event, a New York newspaper photographer more than twice my size threatened to make me move from a spot that he claimed was his. In the end, the easiest part was pointing the lens and capturing the beauty.

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