The Singh Project

The beard and the turban, Sikh men photographed for a new exhibition

Posted: 07.10.14

Whilst cool hunters claim that the beard is on its way out, for some the beard is more than just a fashion statement. The Singh Project, a striking new photo exhibition featuring 35 highly original images, showcases the beauty and diversity of the two most ubiquitous symbols of Sikhism: the beard and turban. Long and wispy, short and trimmed, stylised or subdued, plain or decorated, colourful or muted, each beard and turban are as different and unique as each of their owners.

Brimming with sartorial wit, the exhibition, which takes place at the Framers Gallery W1 from the 3-15 November 2014, features Sikh men of all ages and from all walks of life. From doctors to boxers, temple volunteers to magicians and I.T professionals to fashion stylists, the subjects all carry the name Singh (Sanskrit for lion), which is given to all baptised male Sikhs. The Singh Project showcases brilliantly symbolic images of where fashion meets faith and style in modern multicultural Britain.

Magic Singh

Ishmeet Singh Phull

Asa Singh

Gurjeevan Singh Plahe

Swarnjit Singh Kamboh

Talking of their inspiration for The Singh Project Amit and Naroop commented: 'many religions determine the way their followers look, but none have such a dramatic and definite ‘look’ as Sikhism. And yet, with 30 million Sikhs in the World, there are almost as many ways to wear the turban and beard as there are Sikhs… We wanted to capture the essence of modern ‘Sikhness’ and to pay tribute to the beauty and variety of British Sikh men.'
The end result is a stunning collection of stylish, high impact photos, which explore the image of the modern Sikh man. 

The Singh Project exhibition can be seen at: 
The Framers Gallery, 36 Windmill Street, London, W1T 2JT
Date: November 3rd – 15th November. 
Time: 10am - 5.30pm. The event is free.


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