Thursday, 5 May 2011
South African township barbershops and salons
South African Township barbershops and salons is a really colourful and interesting photographic book by Simon Weller. It documents the intriguing world of the shanty barber which acts as far more than just a place to get your hair cut, they are in fact pillars of the local community. Each shop is decorated with pride and thought resulting in a really cool mix of colours and text. The homemade graphics that give the barbers life are testament to the fact that money is not a necessity when expressing creativity. The shops all kick of the personality of the proprietor and all have their own unique feel.
The general perception of townships is that they are places of violence and misery, however this book offers a refreshing insight to a world of community and hope as well as a really cool visual spectacle.