Alex Black is a New York based Director and Photographer. Her work has been published in i-D, Nylon, SHOWstudio and Thump by Vice. Finding influence in the vibrant youth culture in Montreal and New York, expression through hair is often a central feature in her photography. Below, Black speaks to INFRINGE about the role of hair in her work.
“People often associate new hair with a new ‘you’. I love how you can live as a new version of yourself for a few months just by changing your hair. There is more of a commitment than with say, clothing or make-up, so I am always fascinated by, and in awe of, people’s courage when I’m documenting people based on their hair.
It’s always hard to talk about your own work… I see and feel it, but I can never put words to it. But I can say there is a strong attention to detail in my work. I like to combine muted elements that compliment each other in a charged way. I’ve come to realise my sensibilities have been affected by having lived in different cities. I grew in Paris, surrounded by the remains of aristocracy where everything was gilded, beauty was elegant and poised, and the philosophies were poetic. I lived in London briefly, Montreal a little longer. Now, I am in New York, where I find myself most drawn to the marginalized, who offer new ideas and views on the world and challenge my own perspectives, which are always evolving.”