South African Township Barbershops & Salons

South African Township Barbershops & Salons is a compilation of photographs documenting the thriving grooming industry in communities once designated for black occupation by apartheid legislation. As the cultural and social hubs of South Africa's townships, these "informal barbershops" and salons serve not only as places to get your hair styled but as places to come together as a community. In this book, UK-based Simon Weller presents his vivid photographs of these shops and the tradition of sign painting, alongside interviews with the proprietors, customers and the sign makers. Weller - with help from revered South African designer and book contributor Garth Walker - shows the effort put into personalizing salons, from the homemade graphics to a signature style of cut.

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