From a young age, I realized the power of hair. I later developed an interest in photographing hair salons and barbershops in various parts of the world during my travels, noticing that while some hair treatments are universal, others are clearly influenced by cultural differences. 

 

In Hair Matters, hair is used as a vehicle to discuss cultural identity, self-expression, and social landscape. In order to document the “hair choices” made by strangers met on the streets of New York City’s five boroughs, I carried my studio on wheels. Headshot photographs were taken and during a brief interview, the participants were invited to express what their hair meant to them. Some chose to talk about good hair, bad hair, natural hair, the significance of the beard in Orthodox Judaism and that of head coverage in Islam, Christianity and Sikhism, as well as Japanese hair traditions. Others focused the exchange on their hair’s color or style du jour as a strong marker of their uniqueness. Everyone has a story.  

Amanda
Amanda

From Bloomfield, New Jersey (first generation Nigerian American)

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Dovid
Dovid

From Har Sinai, and New York, New York

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Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane

From Vancouver, Canada

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Douglas
Douglas

From Southern California

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Dodo
Dodo

From China

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Harman
Harman

From Los Angeles, California

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Rafael
Rafael

From Puerto Rico

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Agnieszka
Agnieszka

From Poland

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Nicole
Nicole

From Oakland, California

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Calvin
Calvin

From Jersey City, New Jersey

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Tiffany
Tiffany

From Harlem, New York

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Kylie
Kylie

From Canada

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Rosa
Rosa

From Puerto Rico

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Evelyn
Evelyn

From Brooklyn (half Puerto Rican, half Chinese)

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Paul
Paul

From the United Kingdom

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Anam
Anam

From New York, New York

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Janice
Janice

From New York, New York

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Sam
Sam

From the Bronx, New York

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Sister Magdalene Theresa
Sister Magdalene Theresa

From Carmel, California

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Leica
Leica

From Tokyo, Japan

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Melanee
Melanee

From Houston, Texas

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Danielle
Danielle

From Margate, Florida

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Ali
Ali

From Bengladesh

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Nick
Nick

From China

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