This photo series of Chinese hairdressers was made in the spring of 2012, in the city center of Chengdu in Sichuan province. There, some 16 percent of the city’s nearly 12 million residents are recent immigrants, like the individuals photographed in this project.

Each portrait shows a young hairdresser who moved to Chengdu in search of new employment opportunities; the portraits were taken near the salons where the hairdressers work and they are paired with photographs of the places they live. Jobs that come with accommodations are particularly prized by the new arrivals, though, if an employer offers a room or a bed in his or her own home, it is often shared with other members of the staff.


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