Street photographer: Leong Su Shan

I’m one of those people old enough to remember when Bill Cunningham was the world’s only famous street photographer. Cunningham has spent nearly four decades producing gorgeous, fashion-focused street portraits for The New York Times. For years he was the sole pioneer of his beloved craft.

Then, in the early 2000s, former fashion executive Scott Schuman started photographing street style images and posted them on a blog he called The Sartorialist. The site’s success propelled Schuman to internet stardom and soon street photographers were haunting the sidewalks of the world’s most fashionable cities – Paris, Milan, New York Tokyo – and were gathering in droves before and after the notable fashion shows.

Leong Su Shan, 27, is perhaps the only Singaporean street style photographer on this tour. She has appeared on some of the most prestigious shows in the world and for some of the industry’s most respected publications. She has photographed icons young and old, Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, and model designer Alexa Chung, for example.

During the pandemic, with travel halted and fashion events cancelled, Leong worked in her family’s wholesale and distribution business. company in the construction sector. There, she was responsible for purchasing and IT, as well as the company’s COVID-19 protocols.

“I chose to work in the company because it gives me the freedom to pursue my dream while contributing to my family. It’s a win-win situation for all parties, she said.

“I had the opportunity to witness the business environment before and after the pandemic…especially during the height of the pandemic, when countries were placed under lockdown and the supply chain and the freight were seriously affected. We had to think of new ways to diversify our supply chains and meet customer demands. »

Now that the world is opening up again, Leong is back on the road. CNA Lifestyle caught up with her between shows.

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