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For months, on her way to the laundry mat, Melissa Kirschenheiter passed a barbershop in New York’s Harlem area. She noticed barbers and customers drinking beer and listening to music and was intrigued.
“It felt like a dance club,” Kirschenheiter said. “It did not feel like a barbershop.”
After asking permission to photograph the shop and its clients, Kirschenheiter began a two-year project, visiting that shop and others for half-hour increments on Friday and Saturday night.