Chris Moore in the photographer's pit [Chris Moore]
If you've ever looked at a catwalk shot in a glossy magazine chances are it was taken by the legendary photographer and founder of Catwalking.com Chris Moore. He has been standing on the fashion front line in the photographers pit since the late sixties, and has captured every major collection for half a century. Every model and designer you could possibly imagine has stared down his lens.
He started out assisting Cecil Beaton and Henry Clarke in the '50s at Vogue and he launched the UK's first online catwalk site Catwalking.com in 1999. The 79 year old still spends two months a year crammed in the pits, standing on his small box with his tripod in hand. We spoke to the legendary photographer to find out his top tips for getting the perfect catwalk shot...
1. Keeping an upbeat frame of mind. This is not easy when you are sleep deprived, hungry and running the gauntlet of the over controlling security at every venue, but if you didn’t laugh you would cry covering fashion shows.
Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2014 [Chris Moore, Catwalking]
2. Keeping fit in between the circuits. There will be a lot of pavement pounding over this gruelling schedule and the weight of equipment means that running from venue to venue can be more like following a military assault course. I don’t have a gym mentality but simple things like walking not driving and taking the stairs has always served me well.
Prabal Guring Spring Summer 2014 [Chris Moore, Catwalking]
3. There is a rhythm to things which changes from show to show. I find often that the whole event hangs together with the sound track. We are all there together, editors, photographers, models all working in different modes, but when the soundtrack comes up we all fall into the samebeat with the music. It helps me a lot when following the foot fall of the models.
David Koma Spring Summer 2014 [Chris Moore, Catwalking]
4. Equipment – As well as a box to stand on, the compulsory monopod (carbon fibre for minimum weight) and my top of the range Nikon digital camera. A well made pair of English leather shoes have always been my friends, an essential you might say, but lately I have been willing to experiment with modern footwear technology, so far I am not wholly convinced.
Marc Jacobs Spring Summer 2014 [Chris Moore, Catwalking]
5. Never underestimate the value of a daily shower and a clean shirt to keep yourself popular with the rest of the pack. It is surprising how many slip out of this essential routine!
Vera Wang Spring Summer 2014 [Chris Moore, Catwalking]
6. Lastly to quote Diana Nyad , the amazing woman who just swam from Cuba to Florida, “it looks like a solo sport but it takes a team.” I am very lucky to have a topnotch team behind me, forming good and long relationships with people never hurt anybody.
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