What America Looks Like: Different Sides of the Barber Shop

The United States as seen by its residents

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Tools in the foreground at a New Orleans barber shop. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

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A client gets a shave at the same barber shop. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

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Patrons at a Chicago barber shop listen to Barack Obama's inaugural address. (John Gress/Reuters)

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A man gets his hair cut on a barber shop truck in New York City. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

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A barber shop on the main street in Hammond, Louisiana. (Flickr user Smoorenburg)

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Dom's Barber Shop in Hallowell, Maine. (Flickr user Carl Lender)

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Barber Shop, 1956. (Seattle Municipal Archives)

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Unknown location. (Flickr user Senor Codo)

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A barber shop in Davis, California. (Flickr user Peter Alfred Hess)


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Aboard the USS Salem. (Flickr user Jimmyweee)

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Unknown location. (Flickr user _mogi)

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Somewhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania. (Flickr user Meltwater)

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Location unknown. (Flickr user A Continuous Lean)

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A barber shop in The Castro, San Fransisco (Flickr user meteo)

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The oldest barber shop in Austin, Texas. (Flickr user A Continuous Lean)

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The same Austin, Texas barber shop from the inside. (Flickr user Lachland Hardy)

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Grass Valley, California. (Flickr user Homie0001)

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A barber shop sign in Tyler, Texas taken March 11, 2007. (Flickr user Charles Williams)

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Executive Cuts in South Boston, Virginia. (Flickr user Elvert Barnes)

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Major League Barber Shop, West Haven, Connecticut. (Flickr user Jayson Biggs)

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Brice's Barber Shop in SE Washington DC(Flickr user Elvert Barnes)

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At the West point barber shop, a new cadet gets "the traditional haircut." (Flickr user West Point Public Affairs)

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Ballards Barber Shop in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. (Flickr user Elvert Barnes)

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A barber shop in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. (Flickr user Elvert Barnes)

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A barber shop in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington D.C. (Flickr user Elvert Barnes)

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Chevy Chase, Maryland. (Flickr user Mr. T in DC)

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Location unknown. (Flickr user Abnervision)

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Washington D.C. (Flickr user Elvert Barnes)

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South Campus, Madison. (Flickr user Boon Lee)

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Barber Antoine Ashe looks out over a condominium construction site across the street from his shop in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (Keith Bedford / Reuters)

Previously in this series: Venice Beach, California. Western Georgia. Cincinnati, Ohio.  Birmingham, Alabama. Clarksdale, Mississippi. New York, New York. The border between Arizona and Nevada. Detroit, Michigan. Key West, Florida. Portland, Oregon. Boston, Massachusetts. Austin, Texas. Nashville, Tennessee. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seattle, Washington. Portland, Maine. Yokena, Mississippi. Smyrna, Georgia. Vicksburg, Mississippi. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hoboken, New Jersey. Los Angeles, California. Kittery, Maine. Hamden, Connecticut. Westwood, New Jersey. Weehawken, New Jersey. Reno, Nevada. Luna, New Mexico. Athens County, Ohio, living on a bus. On the Ohio River, addicted to pills. At Ohio University, Chinese exchange students. Inner City Oakland, California, on a bicycle. Variations on the swimming pool. Yellowstone National Park. Independence, Iowa.

Submission guidelines: We're seeking photographs that capture the look and feel of the United States as seen by those who live here, rather than the stock images of postcards and TV backdrops. Email photos to whatamericalookslike@gmail.com - doing so affirms that you hold all rights to the submission, and grants us permission to publish your photo at TheAtlantic.com and in any future collection of What America Looks Like photographs.

Include the city and state where the image is taken, and as detailed a description as you're willing to offer. Also let us know if you've got a photo Web site or a link where a print of your photo is available for purchase.

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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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