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The image of the barber shop is changing. Once a male-only place for in-depth conversations, barbers wore pressed trousers and shined boots. Now the scene includes jeans and tattoos and female barbers. This exhibition of 40 attentively photographed images portray the diminishing and contrasting world of the classic barber shop.
However, despite all the change, the furnishings, products and decor remain the same, provoking the thought: are barbers still a significant part of a man’s social life, or has that idea also been replaced?
Above all, these images prompt you, just for a moment, to appreciate the history behind these kinds of places, particularly in a city where so many independent shops are losing business.
Originally printed as a book dedicated to his younger brother, Bruno Melling’s images are a must-see for lovers of photography and London culture.
Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse , Bargehouse Street , London SE1 9PH
Time: 11am - 6.00pm
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