New York-based photographer Anna Bauer spent the past four years catching industry icons like Karl Lagerfeld and Dries Van Noten backstage with her 4 x 5 camera. Last night at the New Museum on the Bowery, Bauer took center stage at the Interview and DeLeón-sponsored cocktail fêting her new book Anna Bauer Backstage. The party was co-hosted by Fabien Baron and Style.com's Tim Blanks.
"I remember I used to see her all the time backstage at shows, and she asked if she could take my picture and I told her 'no, thank you' because I don't like to have my photo taken," said a PR executive in a crowd that included Thakoon Panichgul, Johan Lindeberg, and Liu Wen. "Now I see this book and, man, I really wish I had let her take my photo."
Plenty of famous faces had been more than happy to oblige. "When I shot David Sims," Bauer explained, "I didn't know who he was and I told him he was holding more still than any of the models. He said, 'Yeah, I kind of know how this works.' "
What's next for Bauer? "Enjoy the next season without my 4 x 5," she said.