The Barber’s Customers

Johan Peter Jonsson captures Newport’s working class males post-haircut

Words by Johan Peter Jonsson

I regularly visited my local barbershop in Newport in November and December 2011. I came to know Symon the barber and his young assistant, Michael. The customers have always intrigued me, the working class local men coming in to have a haircut before heading to town for a night out.

These faces are the faces of Newport’s youth and future. These young men are used to portraying a hard façade to gain respect, and in order to be a ‘real man’. However, what I feel I have captured is their true feelings of their situation.

As a publisher and Community Interest Company, TRIP is dedicated to showcasing unconventional stories that may otherwise be overlooked. We aim to give a platform to the unseen and a microphone to the ignored. Expression is a right and should not be confined to those that can afford to work for free; which is why we strive to support a diverse range of creatives in their work, commissioning exciting projects and creatives to visualize them.

Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.

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