Blogger and Photographer Scott Schuman Visits in Connection with Davis Exhibit, A Generous Medium

December 10, 2012

On December 10, Wellesley welcomes Scott Schuman, the founder, blogger and photographer of The Sartorialist. Schuman will be giving a lecture in Alumnae Auditorium at 7:00 p.m., followed by a book signing and reception in the Alumnae Ballroom.

The event is sponsored by the Davis Museum Student Advisory Committee (DMSAC) in collaboration with the Treves Fund and Hey Madeline.

Schuman visits the college in connection with the current Davis Museum exhibit, A Generous Medium: Photography at Wellesley 1972-2002. According to DMSAC, Schuman’s blog features lively debates about what gives a particular photograph artistic merit, and his commentators often write about the photographic and aesthetic quality of his photographs.

“The Sartorialist is keeping alive and democratizing a vital conversation on the aesthetics of photography,” said Sara Putterman, president of the student committee. “This event will allow Mr. Schuman to contextualize his online artistic practice within the framework of a museum exhibition that focuses on tangible photographs in a physical building.”

In addition to his blog, Schumann’s signature street-style photography has been featured in major international magazines and catalogs, including GQ, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, and Interview. The Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography include his work in their respective permanent collections. His books include The Sartorialist (2009) and The Sartorialist: Closer (2012).

“I’m excited to see the Sartorialist speak because his website and work sits right on the line between documentation and art,” said Liz Kashinski ’15, the publicity co-chair of DMSAC. “Street-style photography has become this strange genre where it's almost more about the person being photographed than the medium of photography itself, which is interesting to look at in comparison to the history of photography and the current exhibition at the Davis.”

The lecture and book signing are free and open to the Public. Books will be available for purchase. Learn more about the event on the Facebook page.