Model Release presents a carefully curated selection of the most sought-after haircuts, performed at the Astor Place Barber Shop, circa 1985.

Originally captured in New York’s East Village as out-takes for New American Haircuts – an out-of-print paperback published by Ballentine Books almost 30 years ago, it offers a unique glimpse into our collective past.

A companion zine titled Model Release #286 has been re-issued by the artist and will be available at Photoville.

Artist Bios

  • Jerry Vezzuso

    Jerry Vezzuso is a photographer born and raised in Brooklyn. His works has been exhibited widely and is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and The Museum of the City of New York.

    He is currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, Teachers College, Columbia University, and the International Center of Photography.

    He is also the recipient of NYFA’s Special Projects Grant.


  • United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.

    Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.

Model Release

 archive : 2013

Featuring: Jerry Vezzuso

Curated by: Sam Barzilay

Presented by:

  • United Photo Industries (UPI)


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