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Alex Black is a New York based Director and Photographer, whose clients include i-D, Nylon, Teen Vogue and SHOWstudio. Finding influence in the vibrant youth culture of Montreal and New York, expression through hair often takes centre stage in her images. Below, Black speaks to INFRINGE about the role of hair in her work.

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Hair by Denise Guerrera

“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.”

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Hair groomed by Kazuto Shimomura for NYLON
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Hair by Kazuto Shimomura
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Hair colour by model
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Hair by Scarlet Luartes
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Hair by Unknown
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Hair colour by model
Credits

Hair Denise Guerrera, Kazuto Shimomura, Scarlet Luartes
Words & Images Alex Black Website alexblackphoto.com

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