María José García Piaggio
This series of portraits titled “Beauty Express” captures the clients having their hair styled in Lima’s popular, open-air market salons, moments before the final results of the service are perfected. This is why the camera acts like a parenthesis and captures the unfinished process. It analyses the state of transition in the open-air, a moment not usually seen – or shown. But these women are familiar with that exposure while enduring the transformation and María José’s intervention as they sit in their chairs and respond to her questions and to the camera, creates their resigned and deadpan expressions. What it reveals from behind the camera lens is the photographer’s effortless communication skills.