Over many different periods in history the facial hair was mainly regarded as a sign of honour, masculinity, independence, power, wisdom and sophistication.
In a moment of discussions of what could be a real masculinity it seems that the use of beards and moustaches and their aspect of empowerment are more contemporary than ever.
Photographer: Hermano Silva © 2010
Models from top to bottom: Tony Relph displays The Hollywoodian beard; Robert Andrews with The Piccadily Weeper beard; Bruno Bousquet with The Swalow Tail beard; Andreas Anwander with sideburns and The Horse Shoe moustache; Thomas Hardin with The Howie moustache and Alcinoo Giamginoto with The Anchor beard.
Styling: Anthony Hagan
Grooming / Beard stylist: Andy Dennison
Photography assistants: Isis Linguanotto and Camilo Echeveri
Styling assistant: Ashley Palmer