Street-style fashion photography is in crisis. Karl-Edwin Guerre might be its savior.
The street-style photographer Karl-Edwin Guerre is easy to spot in the forest of lensmen who regularly gather outside fashion shows — all of them hunting for name-brand editors sporting head-turning looks that appeared on the runway less than 12 hours earlier. Guerre is distinct both in posture and person. He is the rare black photographer documenting the ensembles of arriving fashion show guests, gate-crashers and bystanders. When he works, Guerre eschews the familiar photographer’s uniform — typically jeans and jackets chosen for storage capacity, comfort and durability. Instead, Guerre dresses with such aplomb that he cuts as striking a figure as many of his subjects.