Barber Shops

In the 2009 versions, we grouped many of the quick shots of people and places thematically to provide more coherence. This is a ‘barbershop compilation’ – and there certainly were a lot of them! One forgets that barbers were considered artisans:

“In Italy, it’s all about artigiano,’ ” said Mr. Canonaco, 46, who came to the United States from Cosenza, Italy, when he was 14. ”In Italy, being a barber is comparable to being an artist; you’re creating something artistic. You learn this trade when you’re 13 years old. You work under someone, watch closely and learn. That’s what I did. For me, cutting hair is an art, although if I ever told my customers that, they would make fun of me.”

[Quote above from Mr Canonaco is from this article in the New York Times]


One response to “Barber Shops

  1. What an incredible treasure these pictures are. My own parents had translated our name in 1941 from Guglielmino to Williamson. There is an amusing story of an older Italian woman (nonna) going to his office and speaking in Italian to her daughter. Dad, afraid she might say something embarrassing, answered her in Italian. She was amazed that this guy named Williamson was Italian. One of my parents’ great gifts was to give us back our name in 1960. The story is that the judge commented on how “refreshing” it was to have a family change their name back to the original.
    My clients mostly call me “Dr. G.” I’ll happily take it. If only we had spoken Italian in our home.

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