Six years after the release of his first photography book, Antwerp-based and internationally lauded hairdresser Pascal van Loenhout is back with a second monograph: UN/CUT. For this 185-plus-pager brimming with arresting images, Pascal van Loenhout created dozens of lobs, bobs, bangs and blunt cuts, leaving it all out there for everyone to see and draw inspiration from.
Lensed by acclaimed fashion and music photographer Charlie De Keersmaecker, UN/CUT packs a wallop as it seamlessly combines a distinctly recalcitrant mood with timeless but off-kilter beauty. Though capturing a specific moment in time, it’s set to continue to enthral both hair aficionados as well as anyone with a penchant for art, fashion, minimalism or beauty in general for a long time to come.
The striking UN/CUT book design by internationally revered graphic designer Paul Boudens, known for his work for Walter Van Beirendonck, Yohji Yamamoto and Haider Ackermann to name a few, is in perfect sync with the signature bold Pascal van Loenhout do’s, instinctively guiding the eye towards the “unhairdressy” looks — as the master himself likes to refer to them.
Instead of the traditional art book intro, Pascal has opted for an uncensored version of his life story. Thanks to this gripping and unflinching testimony of his road travelled thus far, looking back on demons of success and creative crises he has overcome over the course of his career, the book will have an even more resounding impact on anyone who picks it up.
Pascal van Loenhout feels more assured in his craft than ever, constantly evolving in order to provide a fresh face for anyone ready to elevate their look:
“I have reached a point where I no longer want to compromise. I am confident in my own gift
and purpose and have surrounded myself with extraordinary talent, both in the salon and
in the making of this beautiful book. I finally have the pictures that really showcase
my ‘unhairdressy’ cuts and we’ve created the editorial feel that I had been looking for.
Perhaps most importantly, I can honestly and proudly stand by my life story.
I feel like I’ve set a new standard for myself, and for the craft. There has never been
a hairdressing salon that has released an all-encompassing work like this.”