True Men

Dark-skinned person wearing a corset and tight dark pants, crouching on a pink stool.

Photographer: Brian Shumway. Model: Unknown. Originally posted on Brian Shumway Photography as part of his “True Men” project.

Shumway writes, “Expression of one’s manhood, especially in public, must remain within a narrow range of acceptable social norms. Little boys are conditioned as such from birth, almost as a universal absolute. But this ignores the full story of male identity… The men in this portrait series fall outside traditional notions of manliness and masculinity. They possess an effeminate manner, dress, or look, a ‘girlishness’ that is as much a part of being male as weightlifting and football.”

Shumway is also looking for NYC-based effeminate men or masculine women (straight or gay) to continue the project. Email him at if you want to take part!

Posted by on December 3rd, 2011 at 10:00 am

Category: faces 2 comments »

2 Responses to “True Men”

  1. radical/rebel

    really cool photo. +love for documenting non-normative modes of masculinity/male-bodiedness.


  2. Clare

    that’s it! how i wanna be!


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