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Pointe-Noire & Its Ironic ‘Salon De Coiffure’ Beauty From The Lens Of A Congolese Photographer

Congolese photographer Robert Nzaou-Kissolo discusses the irony he sees in Pointe-Noire's 'salon de coiffure’ ideal of beauty.

Robert Nzaou-Kissolo is a Congolese photographer currently based between Cape Town and Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo, who recently reached out to us with his ongoing project documenting Pointe-Noire street culture since 2014. In his "Salon de Coiffure" photo series, Nzaou-Kissolo focuses on the prevalence of hair salons in the suburbs of Pointe-Noire (every 100 meters he says), and the standards of beauty their hand-painted boards advertise. "The ‘Salon de Coiffure’ theme explores the beauty of the Congolese people contrasted with what they themselves perceive as beauty," he said in an email. In the op-ed below, Nzaou-Kissolo elaborates on the irony he sees in Pointe-Noire's "Salon de Coiffure" culture.

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