Thom Browne Spring-Summer 2016 at New York Fashion Week – Photographer Landon Nordeman shoots backstage at the world's most high-profile fashion shows and has brought together his most striking images in a new book, "Out of Fashion." Here's a look.
Giambattista Valli Autumn-Winter 2015 at Haute Couture Fashion Week – Nordeman has been backstage at shows by Chanel, Fendi, Christian Dior and Armani Privé, among other high-end brands.
Fendi – He seeks out candid moments that are in turns funny, surreal and surprising.
Jeremy Scott Autumn-Winter 2014 at New York Fashion Week – While he has shot for brands like Dior and Proenza Schouler, Nordeman sees himself as more of a photojournalist than a fashion photographer.
AF Vandevorst Autumn-Winter 2015 at Paris Fashion Week – "I'm interested in photographing real life and in photographing events that are truthful," Nordeman says. "But I think my approach -- meaning the images I want to make, the moments I'm attracted to -- might not be considered necessarily journalistic."
Lanvin Spring-Summer 2016 at Paris Fashion Week – Nordeman got his start backstage in 2013 when New York magazine asked him to go behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week.
Lanvin Spring-Summer 2016 at Paris Fashion Week – "I had done a lot of work photographing at dog shows, and I'd worked on this project called 'Canine Kingdom,'" Nordeman says.
Iris van Herpen Autumn-Winter 2016 at Paris Fashion Week – "An editor at New York magazine saw that work and thought, 'I think that guy would be a good fit for behind the scenes at fashion week,'" Nordeman says.
Dries van Noten Autumn-Winter 2016 at Paris Fashion Week – "I was totally excited because I thought, 'Yes, I would love to be in a place where there's all this anticipation and color and movement and energy.'"
Armani Privé Spring-Summer 2016 at Haute Couture Fashion Week – Since then, Nordeman has continued work for New York magazine, plus the New York Times, W, Vogue and others.
Christian Dior Spring-Summer 2016 at Paris Fashion Week – He has also been asked to take official backstage photos for the brands themselves.
Thom Browne Autumn-Winter 2015 at New York Fashion Week – "It's a compliment to be able to work for a (prestigious) client," Nordeman says. "For example, for Dior, they asked me to shoot backstage at their show for them, and I was just ... when I got that email I was stunned."
Opening Ceremony Spring-Summer 2014 at New York Fashion Week – Nordeman tries to begin each assignment with few expectations. "I'm not coming at it with the preconceived notion of 'I want to take a picture that looks like this,'" he says.
Viktor & Rolf Spring-Summer 2016 at Haute Couture Fashion Week – "I always have an idea of what I'm looking for, but I never know exactly what it is until I see it," he says. "I try and just stay very open to what I'm saying and to what's in front of me."
Vionnet Autumn-Winter 2016 at Paris Fashion Week – "Often what does catch my eye and what I do find that I'm attracted to are things like color and gesture and a sense of mystery or a sense of humor. I like this idea that a photograph can ask a question instead of provide an answer," he says.
Thom Browne Spring-Summer 2016 at New York Fashion Week: Men's – "In today's environment, we take so many images that it's rare that an image truly surprises you," Nordeman says. "I do like this idea of trying to at least surprise myself. I think if you can surprise yourself, then you have a better chance of surprising someone else."
Proenza Schouler Autumn-Winter 2016 at New York Fashion Week – Nordeman says the level of access he's been given at each show has varied over the years.
Fendi Autumn-Winter 2015 at Milan Fashion Week – "The fashion world, they're open to being photographed in certain sort of situations, but it's a little bit harder to kind of shoot totally when you want to shoot," he says.
Acne Studios Spring-Summer 2016 at Paris Fashion Week – "At one show they can be very open to photographers and let you move around, and I feel like they kind of give you room to work; and then at the very next show it can be a completely closed off situation where you don't have any time or you're not allowed to move," he says.
Salvatore Ferragamo Autumn-Winter 2016 at Milan Fashion Week – But in spite of the level of access he has been afforded, Nordeman does not consider himself a part of the fashion world.
Loewe Spring-Summer 2016 at Paris Fashion Week – "I've enjoyed photographing the fashion world, but I don't really feel like a part of it too much," he says.
New York Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2016 – "I guess if you start to feel like you're part of it too much, maybe that's the right time to move onto the next project."