- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (March 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935613049
- ISBN-13: 978-1935613046
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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South African Township Barbershops & Salons Hardcover – March 22, 2011
Top Customer Reviews
What results is a book full of photographs of these bastions of business that are usually tiny huts decorated with paintings and collage and photographs and wonderfully entertaining names - places where men and women alike can have their hair cut, styled, ironed, woven, braided, etc. Weller is obviously a gregarious artist as he is able to strike up conversations with the owners and with customers and from this illustrated information we learn much about the varying areas of South Africa, how the globe is viewed, how the townships are viewed, and a good bit of heady gossip that matches the brilliance of the photographs. Along the way Weller employs local guides and the conversations he gathers from them add to the special aura of the differences - and the pride - of the shops. He pauses in The Hollywood Barbershop where he photographs Lucky the barber and owner, takes his time in the 3 Sisters Hair Salon in Khayelitsha to document the process of hairbraiding, and he interviews people such as South African designer Garth Walker who puts all of Weller's explorations into context.Read more ›
Another note: The book is printed beautifully, and bound in a very nice hardback cover. Not bland, or boring. Makes for a great conversation piece. I have it standing up on a shelf in my living room, and there have been multiple counts of people reaching for it, because it really does grab your eye. They then stood there, thumbing through page after page.
I'm really looking forward to more work from Mr. Weller. Believe you, me, I'll be the first in line to order his next book.
What unique insight to a culture I really didn't realize existed! The everyday lives and work of South African hair artisans and sign artists are captured here by a camera lens with a grace that is rivaled only by the faces themselves. The topic itself is fascinating - who knew there were so many of these businesses using such unique, vibrant art in their shop signs and on their buildings to atract customers? For a photographer to see an opportunity to document these establishments and create something this beautiful is really to be commended.
The beauty of the photographs are punctuated by careful descriptions, interviews and snippets of history lessons that make it much more than a coffee table book of pretty pictures. Weller is clearly a talented photographer that has an eye for the eccentric and beautiful - I look forward to seeing more of his work.
Physically the book is very appealing with a well bound hard cover, stunning photographs, and excellent layout. It is the kind of book that is a pleasure to own.