"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." - Dorothea Lange
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
One of the best things about being a photographer is learning about new people and their situations. The barber shop project has been the perfect project for doing just that. I have enjoyed every minute of talking with the customers and barbers and making photographs in their spaces.
Onnie is one of the oldest working barbers in Kansas City. He doesn't look it, but he's almost 70. He's a lovely man, and I've become rather fond of him. If you come to the opening Friday night at the EthnicArt Gallery (5930 Troost, from 6 - 9 PM) you'll see photographs of him, his shop and customers and read a bit about his story. You might also get to meet the man himself, one of the most recognized and beloved barbers in the area. He promised me he'll be there.