Victor Friedman: High society hairdresser's secret life as street photographer for more than 40 years

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By day Victor Friedman was a high society hairdresser tending to Manhattan's moneyed matrons. But away from the salon patronised by the likes of Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, Victor spent his time in New York City's more down-at-heel locales pursuing his passion for photography.

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For more than 40 years, until his recent retirement from the coiffure trade, 83-year-old Victor straddled these two disparate worlds giving him a unique insight into the high and the low of New York society, as well as a treasure trove of stories and images of a city that has largely disappeared.

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Original Publication: September 9, 2013

Text and video via Monika Olko Gallery