Come fashion week, we can usually count on the fact that Ulrich Knoblauch and his incredible eye for details will be there to capture behind the scenes photographs that make us feel like we’re smack-bang in the middle of all the action. “The atmosphere is electric,” says the (mostly) Cape Town based photographer, who has just spent time in New York as well as Paris shooting backstage at some major shows. “You’re surrounded by the world’s best models, hair and make-up teams, and you get to see the latest collections before anyone else – it’s really just an inspiring environment,” Ulrich says.
Besides bumping into Kanye West quite a lot, a definite highlight this season was being booked by Isabel Marant to be the ‘House’ photographer at their SS15 show. Depending on how frantic it is at a particular show, Ulrich employs different methods to get the shots he ends up with: sometimes directing the models a little, but mostly finding ways to un-clutter the mess that is backstage. “I often just wonder around and pick out details I like,” he explains. We happen to like them too – a whole lot! Have a look at some of his latest snaps below.