Stunning alternative view images taken by our photographers at fashion weeks around the world are on display now at New York’s Lincoln Center, the home of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. We asked some of the photographers to tell the story behind their picture:

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1. “Her mysterious eyes fascinated me so much.”

Andreas Rentz, Istanbul Fashion Week
“I was taking pictures backstage during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Istanbul when I saw this model wrapped in a dress with a tulip-shaped collar. Her mysterious eyes fascinated me so much. I took this image in a quiet moment when she was lining up to walk the runway. The yellow of her dress punctuates the clarity of her blue eyes.”

2. “Fashion Week is a visual carnival.”

Andrew H. Walker, New York Fashion Week
“Fashion Week is a visual carnival. Everything excites the eye, but nothing is “real.” Shooting multiple exposures in a single frame is an effective way to tell that story. The ghostly faces of spectators visible through the bodies of models gives the viewer a sense of the surreal.”

3. “I show the pictures to the models the day after shooting.”

Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Milan Fashion Week
“This picture is part of larger photo project featuring models backstage. Shot with a Canon EOS 1dx using soft light and processed using digital filters to add texture. I show the pictures to the models the day after shooting which has helped me to build trust with them.”

4. “Thank God I was in the right spot at the right time.”

Mike Coppola, New York Fashion Week
“Fashion week has the unique ability to bring the worlds of fashion and entertainment together when they would have otherwise not have come in contact with each other. The incredible dichotomy of superstar rapper Nicki Minaj and fashion icon Anna Wintour smiling and conversing with each other was such a moment. Thank God I was in the right spot at the right time to capture two worlds that might not be in the same galaxy again anytime soon.”

5. “I turned my attention to trying to create these angles in a different way.”

Gareth Cattermole, London Fashion Week
“At London Fashion Week, I wanted to try and capture something in a completely different way that we hadn’t seen before. It is really tough to find new angles at events that people haven’t already shot, so I turned my attention to trying to create these angles in a different way. This image was created by using multiple exposure mode and then turning the camera around in a circular motion on a slow shutter speed.”

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