The American Barber Shops: Documenting a Disappearing History

Photographer Rob Hammer looks to document vintage barber shops all across the USA

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The Disappearing Barber Shops of America

Classic Barber Shops are quickly disappearing as the economy drives them out due to high rent, and retirement. This piece of American history needs to be documented before they are all gone.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

Southern California based photographer Rob Hammer has been photographing classic barber shops in the United States for the past 11 months. Last week he turned to kickstarter.com for fund raising to travel the country and document barber shops in the lower 48 states.

In November 2011, Rob Hammer began photographing vintage barber shops across the U.S. because he thought they were interesting. As time went on he realized what an incredible piece of American history they are and how quickly they are vanishing. After a conversation with a barber in Spanish Harlem, NY, who was being kicked out of his shop after 62 years because of tripling rent, Hammer realized that something needed to be done. He knew that this rich history needed to be properly documented. The issue, as so often happens, is funding. To do this properly Hammer and a videographer will need to drive through all 48 contiguous States documenting the old barbershops before they are gone. This is an expensive thing to do. Hammer decided to go to Kickstarter to help raise the $45,235 to fund the project. Additionally, a portion of the money will go towards production of a photo book and video documentary, which will be submitted to film festivals around the world.

Kickstarter describes their service as a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Since launching in April 2009, Kickstarter has seen over $350 million pledged by 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 creative projects.

The Kickstarter kicker? You need to raise the entire amount, or everyone gets their pledge back. The initial day saw nearly $2,000 raised. A viral Facebook campaign to help document these amazing barber shops has fueled much of the donating to date. Hammer is hoping that the momentum continues through the final 21 days of the campaign. To view all the details of this project visit the Kickstarter campaign.

About Rob Hammer

Rob Hammer is a commercial photographer from Albany NY, and currently resides in San Diego, CA. Over his career he has photographed countless professional athletes, Olympians, and politicians. His assignments have taken him all over the United States as well as Haiti and Mexico. To view Rob’s work visit http://www.robhammerphotography.com


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