To Matthew Kazarian, the act of cutting hair goes hand in hand with creative disciplines such as drawing and painting. “I cut hair the same way I take pictures, collage, make a film or paint” he explains, “they are just ways to tell a story or communicate an idea”. An instructor at the Sassoon Academy in Los Angeles, Kazarian photographs every haircut he does, often reworking the resulting images into playful collages, paintings and GIFs.
With a candid, snapshot aesthetic, his images examine hair from all angles. In true Sassoon style, he has a love of sharp geometric cuts. He also creates artwork under the alias The Devil’s Lasso, using Instagram as a platform. Here he explores some of his more unusual ideas, far from the hairdressing realm. Such as? “I recently made a short film” Kazarian states, “on people’s loneliness and apparitions of the Virgin Mary”.