The primary requirements for a photographer at Fashion Week are: high-end digital cameras with very large telephoto lenses, massive amounts of patience, the ability to stand in small spaces for long lengths of time and work in extremely close proximity to other people. Bonus attributes include large, preferably boney elbows and something portable and obscure to stand on.
Even though the media raiser is designed as a series of steps, most photographers find it necessary to bring something of their own to stand on to give them that ‘extra bit’ of height over the other photographers. Anything goes, from cigar boxes to camera cases to full size ladders. The resulting influence is that we end up looking like mobile handymen because we’re seen lugging a ladder or stool with us everywhere we go (and also because we’re usually the worst dressed people at the event).
by Jaxon Hsu