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the last of the barbers

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Antonio Bassi , October 16, 2008; 12:14 P.M.

Excellent work, level higher than the average on the community. This is a photograph, a moment captured that tells a story of the human beings. The face of the barber is half-hidden behind his arm, only revealing his eyes deeply focused on the job. The eyes of the kid, now a little man, attract the viewer attention and the darkness coming from the door enhances the process even more. To the left, reflected on the mirror, there is the other side of the room, probably the glass door reporting the name of the shop. You don't see these kind of shots very often, they belong to the past. 7/7

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Kent B , November 03, 2008; 09:13 P.M.

A delight

Lovely how the doorway frames the child's face along with the dark apron. A wonderfully high key surrounding providing superb contrast. The moment and story is wide enough for anyone to enter into and pull on memories long forgotten but easily accessed.

I discovered your work through Jack McRitchie who is rather good at sniffing out talent and boy do you have it in spades. A pleasure to add you to my list.

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Ian Cox-Leigh , December 16, 2008; 11:53 P.M.

A timeless and classic moment. I love your B&W with so many strong dark tones mid frame and such high-key all around. The only thing more compelling is the intense and mesmerizing stare from the young lad.

What a photo!

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Lorenza F , February 12, 2009; 11:33 A.M.

The act of cutting hair/having the hair cut, especially when you are a child, it's somehow disturbing and very pleasing at the same time. I recently took a photo in a similar setting, but mine is much more gloomy than yours. It's funny the way they look at themselves in the mirror ... as to check if the barber is doing everything ok and to appraise themselves at the same time. So serious, so adult looking.

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Lorenza F , February 24, 2009; 04:56 P.M.

that look!!! (or: of barbers, children and photography)

Carlos, that look you caught in the latter shot you posted here is exactly what I had in mind!! Boy, if I love photography!!! Thanks a lot for posting this!

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Sue Foll , August 14, 2009; 02:49 P.M.

great kid eyes, however more mid tone detail required in the barbers uniform and shift a bit to the left with the crop.

best

sue

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ATANAS SARTMADJIEV , September 07, 2009; 06:19 A.M.

Dear Carlos.

This image has touched me so deeply that I even felt an ache in my chest. It stirred almost forgotten times from the past. Life has changed so much over my time that some things seem unreal. You are not sure if a patch in your memory really happened or it was just a dream. The picture is a sort of proof that some memories were real a long time ago. Thanks for making my memories alive.

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Wouter Willemse , November 18, 2012; 11:46 A.M.

The look on the boy's face is priceless. It adds an atmosphere of unwilling, unwanting, unexciting, un-everything. Combined with the title, it makes for good, fat smile.
I love these old-style barbershops, they're photographically epic. They're still around here, but they tend to react negative for photos when I ask. Could be me, so if you feel like having another go at them, please - Sicily awaits you. If they're going to be half as nice as this one, it's going to be great series.

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