Every Street

@ Hartley, Nik

N/A - AV0126


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"One of the greatest acts of trust a man displays is with his barber. It’s a relationship that goes beyond that of patient/doctor even. A bad haircut is soul-destroying - when you find the one who shears you right there is no other.

Every Street by Nik Hartley was photographed over three days in March 2014, in Nelson, North-East Lancashire. A former cotton mill town with a high British-Asian population, the roads are lined with terraced, former mill-worker cottages.

A snapshot of community in an area not without its tensions – the BNP and UKIP are popular amongst a sector of the white community, political parties that have no place in this day and age, that feed solely on ignorance – the series documents unity through a male ritual. Taking residency at Stylz barber shop, owned by Haroon Yousef aka Harris, everyone happy to have their picture taken did so reflecting the pride of not only a good haircut but the social hub of a hometown.

  --  Dean Mayo Davies"

Young men fresh out of the barber shop, a subject and a series that could be labeled as unusual or seemingly futile, but Nik Hartley's stand is honest and pertinent. These smiling faces, these satisfied or even proud looks do clearly convey the importance and significance of a perfect haircut and the necessary trust between the barber and the client.

This series of portraits is put in relation with / opposed to bricks walls and houses in the street where "Harris" the barber has his practice, and that works really well in building strong sequencing, in a book with rather simple but really efficient design.

64 pages - Softcover

Mily Kadz, 2015 (500 copies)

New - Mint condition

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