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A unique look into the intimate world of Italian (and one Greek) barbers in London.

An idea stemmed from a love of Italian culture and honouring a sibling who never washed his hair.

Approximately 40 attentively photographed images portray the diminishing and contrasting world of the classic barber shop.

Once considered a men's only area where in-depth conversations were conducted, now barbers are changing; pressed trousers and shined boots are being replaced by jeans and tattoos and female barbers.

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, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH
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