Amanda Hakan: The Zen Master Of Fashion Week

Milk Underground photographer Amanda Hakan has traversed the globe in the name of fashion. Her photography portrays a quiet elegance that is usually difficult to find amidst the hustle and bustle of MADE Fashion Week.

If you ever have the chance to watch Hakan shooting backstage at a runway show, you’ll understand how she is able to capture these moments. Hakan has a true understanding of the world of fashion and knows exactly what to focus on to showcase the designers work in the best light. While the rest of the loud mouthed, toe-trampling, gray haired photographers are yelling over each other trying to get the models’ attention so they can bark orders and sputter worn out phrases like "Natural darling – act natural for me…" and "Kiss kiss baby, you’re beautiful", you’ll see that Hakan sits quietly by herself and lets her eyes trace over the clothing. As she takes in the world around her, she is also patiently waiting for the moment to come that she can find a shot, rather than trying to force something like the rest of the camera toting lunatics at "first-looks".

This zen like patience is difficult to be taught, and if you are lucky enough to have it it’s just as easy to lose in the world of fashion… lucky for us Amanda Hakan remains the zen master of documentary fashion photography.

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