Photographer Brock Elbank invited dozens of bearded men - and one bearded woman (seen above) - to his studio to celebrate the enduring appeal of the beard across different countries. For him and his subjects it is not just to do with fashion but with self-expression, culture and - in one instance - illness. More than eighty of his pictures were exhibited at Somerset House, London, in March.
Presenter: Dan Damon @bbcdandamon
Producer: Nigel Doran @Nigello
Exhibition website: http://www.somersethouse.org.
Music: The Beard Song, The Bandettes http://www.thebandettes.com/
Re-published at the request of BBC World Service