While many books celebrate South Africa’s natural beauty, photographer Ed Suter has provided an antidote to pictures of flora and fauna with his book “Sharp Sharp”. Ed’s book celebrates the downtown street style of South Africa’s biggest cities. For the past 3 years while Ed worked for magazines and clients around the country, at the same time he was shooting stylish individuals, hand painted graphics and towering street art on the downtown streets of SA.
From bold prints to vibrant fashions “Sharp Sharp” explodes with colour, bringing to the page the life, energy and humour that inspired Ed after he returned to South Africa after years spent in London and New York. As Ed says, ” I found my inspiration on streets I had never explored before and thought, maybe one has to go away to realise what particular beauty you have left behind.” It’s an idiosyncratic beauty – but who can resist an enormous flourescent rhino painted on the side of a house or the bright clashing African prints on some of the subjects featured in the book? There is colour and energy crammed into this book, celebrating a nation putting it’s best foot forward in the name of style. “Sharp Sharp” has received rave reviews from South African publications. Elle Magazine says, “Ed Suter has captured the very essence of South African street style in his book ‘Sharp Sharp’ ” while Grazia magazine called it, “An incredible collection of eye-catching images that give insight into what local street style really is all about,” and O, The Oprah Magazine said, “Suter’s fine eye for detail elevates ordinary scenes to unforgettable pictures…a stimulating alternative to conventional tourist gifts.”