chris arnade and his barbershop brooklynApril 26th, 2011 | Posted by
Posted in: featured artists | portraits
I’ve been a fan of Chris Arnade’s work for quite some time now, and his NYC portrait series are great testaments to the diverse cultural institutions you find all over the city in spades.
Recently, he’s been adding more fantastic photographs to his barbershop series, which features shops all over the city from Sunset Park to Greenpoint. I reached out to him this week to find out more about his inspiration for shooting this series and his thoughts. Chris elaborates:
“I spend lots of time in the more Latino neighborhoods where the barbershops and hairdressers are a big part of the culture. It’s often where people go to hang out, gossip, catch up on news. Besides being a hub of activity, I find many places are amazingly designed, with a lot of work put into the decoration.
Rarer, but my favorite, are the older places that often are time capsules. I also love people who put a lot of work into looking good, exhibiting their own fashion sense. Mirrors, I love mirrors. It’s rare that I get turned down shooting them; the owners are rightfully proud of both the stores, the design, and the job that they do.”
Check out some of his great barbershop portraits from around Brooklyn below, and click here to see more! Be sure to click on the photos to read more about the shops in Chris’ own words!