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The Culture of Barbers

Since 2018 I have been photographing barbers in their shops.

I was fascinated and intrigued by these barber poles on every street corner. I was sneaking photos through the windows. I wanted to enter. I don’t have a beard. I am a girl.

This photographic report tends to make discover a trade present in different cultures, a way of thinking, a relationship between the barber and his client and the tools.

There is a barber for each hair, each ethnic group.

All the barbers I have met are self-taught, learned by themselves through youtube, internet, their passion and carried by the culture of the barber of the neighbor Brooklyn in New York.

The barber, one of the oldest trades in the world.

6000 years ago the size of the beard was made by the Egyptian nobles with shells and flint.

Until 1745 the barber was a dentist and removed teeth.

The famous barber sign and its three colors represents these ancient professions that the barber practiced

– red for blood: the barber carried out “bleeding”, a blood sample taken from a patient to improve his condition.

– white for medical bandages to be applied after “bleeding”

– Blue for the veins: again reference made to find the vein to make “the bleeding”

Welcome to the world of barbers,

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