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)

Dovid
Dovid

From Har Sinai, and New York, New York

Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane

From Vancouver, Canada

Douglas
Douglas

From Southern California

Dodo
Dodo

From China

Harman
Harman

From Los Angeles, California

Rafael
Rafael

From Puerto Rico

Agnieszka
Agnieszka

From Poland

Nicole
Nicole

From Oakland, California

Calvin
Calvin

From Jersey City, New Jersey

Tiffany
Tiffany

From Harlem, New York

Kylie
Kylie

From Canada

Rosa
Rosa

From Puerto Rico

Evelyn
Evelyn

From Brooklyn (half Puerto Rican, half Chinese)

Paul
Paul

From the United Kingdom

Anam
Anam

From New York, New York

Janice
Janice

From New York, New York

Sam
Sam

From the Bronx, New York

Sister Magdalene Theresa
Sister Magdalene Theresa

From Carmel, California

Leica
Leica

From Tokyo, Japan

Melanee
Melanee

From Houston, Texas

Danielle
Danielle

From Margate, Florida

Ali
Ali

From Bengladesh

Nick
Nick

From China

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