This article was originally published by VICE Germany.
A few years ago, I heard my grandma say that she doesn't "like beards because men hide behind them." I thought that was an interesting thought, so I decided to investigate by visiting the World Beard and Moustache Championships that took place in Stuttgart back in November 2013.
After photographing 70 men, I felt that my grandma might have had a point. Some of my subjects were proudly displaying and talking about their beards, but others kept mumbling, hidden behind their facial hair. I only took three pictures of each person. All of the guys I photographed were unique characters, coming from all around the world and all walks of life. Here are 30 of the 70 portraits I took that time in Stuttgart.
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