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Some Of The World's Greatest Beards Have Been Put On Display And They Look Glorious

The Somerset House exhibition is simply titled "Beard".

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A series of beard portraits has gone on display at Somerset House in central London.

Ricki Hall.
Mr Elbank

Ricki Hall.

The 80-plus images were taken by award-winning photographer Brock Elbank.

Billy Huxley.
Mr Elbank

Billy Huxley.

The subjects vary from actor John Hurt...

John Hurt.
Mr Elbank

John Hurt.

...to Harnaam Kaur, a woman from Slough who suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome – which causes excessive hair growth.

Harnaam Kaur.
Mr Elbank

Harnaam Kaur.

Elbank began photographing beards while working in Sydney. Through a friend he then met charity campaigner Jimmy Niggles (below).

Following the death of a close friend to skin cancer, Niggles decided to grow a beard as a conversation starter to spread his friend’s story, Somerset House said.
Mr Elbank

Following the death of a close friend to skin cancer, Niggles decided to grow a beard as a conversation starter to spread his friend’s story, Somerset House said.

Elbank then started #Project60, taking pictures of 60 people with beards to raise awareness of Niggles’ Beard Season campaign.

Brandon Baker.
Mr Elbank

Brandon Baker.

The subjects travelled from all over the world to Elbank's Warwickshire home for the studio session.

Stefan Bostrom.
Mr Elbank

Stefan Bostrom.

The exhibition includes some of those images, plus other, previously unseen pictures.

Miles Better.
Mr Elbank

Miles Better.

Simply titled Beard, the exhibition will run until 29 March.

Frank Moon.
Mr Elbank

Frank Moon.

You can find out more information here.

Edwin Venn.
Mr Elbank

Edwin Venn.