To be a good runway photographer, one should have a decent sense of clothing, quick reflexes, and a wooden box.
“That’s always been a constant companion,” said Chris Moore, the veteran fashion show photographer whose work is featured in new book Catwalking: Photographs by Chris Moore, which features a foreword by John Galliano and text by Alexander Fury. For a man who has captured the evolution of the runway, who was there for John Galliano’s graduation debut, and who notably served as Alexander McQueen’s official show photographer, his humble box—a former home to a microscope upon which he stands or sits—is a valuable tool. “When I go into shows, people see that put in position and they know it’s my box,” he said of the piece that has traveled the world with him. “[It] is very important for capturing catwalk shows.”
If Moore says it’s important, then you’d better believe it’s the best way to get the shot. The man began his career more than 50 years ago, assisting the likes of Cecil Beaton and Henry Clarke in the studio before making the leap to runway shows. From intimate couture presentations to the large-scale spectacles of today, Moore has been the eyes of the industry.