​​The Unclipped Lives of Indian Hair

Hair is a key element of our self-presentation to the world. The images that follow offer a glimpse into how this unfolds in the Indian subcontinent, a region that contributes substantially to the multibillion-dollar global wig and hair extension industry due to the unrivaled characteristics of Indian hair in terms of thickness, tensile strength, shine and smoothness.

The Unclipped Lives of Indian Hair presents a selection of recent photographs from India depicting hair as an essential aspect of beauty, as a commodity, as a fetish, as a fashion statement, as a marker of belonging to a community or class, as a sign of modernity or spiritual attainment etc. Also considered are its possibilities as a gender disruptor, its resistance - unlike most human tissue - to decay or, quite simply, its everyday importance in the country.

Priyadarshini Ravichandran, Indu Antony, Aishwarya Arumbakkam, Shivani Gupta, Janhavi Sharma, Kapil Das.


  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture