Art of the Beard

David and Angie Sacks

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The age of the metrosexual is over. Dead and buried. In places as diverse as Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Richmond, Miami, and Charleston, modern American men are ushering in a new golden age of hirsute pursuits. Denouncing the baby-smooth standard that society has set, men from around the world are reembracing their face in its most natural state. A select group of these well-whiskered men and their faithful Whiskerinas have taken this dedication a step further through the formation of their very own competitive community. Backed by the jackpot of good genetics and a well-oiled care routine, this group of grooming enthusiasts competes all over the world in hopes of recognition in the art of pogonotrophy. Step inside this whimsical, wild, and often-misunderstood world of competitive bearding through the lens of David Sacks. Comb through his collection of over 200 portraits and see for yourself how beautifully weird the beard can be.

Size: 7" x 10" | 201 color and b&w images | 192 pp
ISBN13: 9780764357732

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David Sacks was a predominantly New York City–based photographer for over 20 years. He worked in 33 countries, was published in over 50 national and international magazines, and won dozens of awards, including the Nikon/PDN World in Focus Grand Prize in 2007. He shot advertising campaigns for Merck Pharmaceuticals, Bank of America, GlaxoSmithKline, Delta Airlines, TD Bank, and many others. He was deeply committed to working with international philanthropic organizations such as Amnesty International, Covenant Mercies, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In April 2013, at the age of 44, David lost his battle with cancer. Art of the Beard, his second publication of images, was begun by David before his passing and finished by those who wanted to see his vision for publication realized.