Hair Stories is a series of excerpted interviews and color portraits of a diverse array of women, that explores the complex relationship women have with their hair. Indian-born, Los Angeles–based photographer Rohina Hoffman deployed the interviewing skills she has developed in her training as a neurologist to establish an intimate rapport that allowed for a truthful dialogue about the role of hair in these womens’ lives. Though it was conceived and shot before the #MeToo movement, this salient project presents hair as a metaphor for identity, femininity and the manner in which women struggle for control over their own bodies in a misogynistic world. Hair Stories shows that hair is more than just style or aesthetics; it is a physical manifestation of the ongoing hope and history of women.
Published by Damiani
Introduction by Emily Lambert-Clements, Art Advisor and Former Assoc. Fraenkel Gallery.
Essay by Esther R. Berry, Fashion and Gender Studies Scholar and Curator, Ryerson University.
Text and photographs by Rohina Hoffman
Hardcover 7.25in x 10.5in
92 pages with insert 38 color photographs and excerpts of interviews.
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“The success of Hair Stories is not just the clear concept behind the work, but the beauty of the photographs themselves… As a photographer, Hoffman finds unique ways to keep her images fresh and compelling… Whether you seek a new body of portraits to add to your collection, or appreciate the conceptual variations of self-expression illustrated in Hair Stories, it is a beautiful book to hold and behold. Dare I say, it will GROW on you.” - Melanie Chapman for The PhotoBook Journal, reviewed on 9/11/19
“I reflected upon the women in my own life in a way that was unexpected for me. The universal became personal. Being cognizant of their own hair stories, and the differences which make them strong individuals, allowed me to learn more about them in a way that is accessible to all of us.” - Cary Benbow from review of Hair Stories for F-Stop Magazine 7/31/19