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50 Magnificent Male Portraits

This post is part of a series called Portraits.
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Art, traditionally, has favoured women subjects over men. Think of the great painters and portrait photographers of the last few hundred years: a huge amount of their work has focused on the womanly form. It's one of very few areas where men are neglected! I'm guilty of it in my own work; the majority of my portrait subjects are women.

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Today, let's mix things up. In this article I've gathered together 50 portraits of men. They range from classic images you'll be familiar to nameless models posing for stock photos. Some of these pictures are near-perfect while others are highly flawed. There are propaganda photos, daguerrotypes, action shots and many other kinds of images in the collection. The one thing they have in common is that all their subjects are men.

Notice how in these portraits there is a mix of both strength and vulnerability. Being a man isn't easy, and few men are at easy in front of a camera. Just convincing men to relax and let themselves be photographed is a challenge, but there's a big reward. Portraits of men can be incredibly complex and moving, if you look for the nuance.

kareem
Kareem … Young … Gifted … and Black …. by David Robert Bilwas via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Winter in Leeds
Winter in Leeds by Paul Stevenson via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Medal of Honor - Staff Sgt Salvatore Giunta - United States Army - 101116
Medal of Honor - Staff. Sgt. Salvatore Giunta - United States Army - 101116 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
HH THE PRINCE NICHOLAS ROMANOVSKI HEAD OF THE HOUSE OF THE ROMANOVS
HH THE PRINCE NICHOLAS ROMANOVSKI, HEAD OF THE HOUSE OF THE ROMANOVS via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Abraham Lincoln - head  shoulders portrait
Abraham Lincoln - head & shoulders portrait via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Kika_de_la_Garza
Kika de la Garza via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
matthew brady
Matthew Brady Self-Portrait via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Count Basie Aquarium New York NY between 1946 and 1948
Count Basie, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Sidney Bechet Freddie Moore Lloyd Phillips and Bob Wilber Jimmy Ryans Club New York NY ca June 1947
Sidney Bechet, Freddie Moore, Lloyd Phillips, and Bob Wilber, Jimmy Ryan's (Club), New York, N.Y., ca. June 1947 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Louis Armstrong Aquarium New York NY ca July 1946
Louis Armstrong, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Al Hall New York NY ca July 1947
Al Hall, New York, N.Y, ca. July 1947 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
M Miller Colonel 18th Mo Infantry full-length portrait facing right standing before horse held by African-American man Date c 1861
[M. Miller Colonel 18th Mo. Infantry full-length portrait facing right standing before horse held by African-American man] Date: c. 1861 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Cab Calloway Columbia studio New York NY ca Mar 1947
Cab Calloway, Columbia studio, New York, N.Y., ca. Mar. 1947 via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
rear door gunner view
Rear Door Gunner View by The U.S. Army via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
RAF Pilot Walking Away from Hawk Aircraft in Silhouette
RAF Pilot Walking Away from Hawk Aircraft in Silhouette via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
RAF Regiment Gunner
RAF Regiment Gunner via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Private Harry Witherick Baxendale
Private Harry Witherick Baxendale via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
darkstar
Dark Star by Arileu via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Life is hard
Life is hard... via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Dunn Famous
Dunn Famous via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Tango del viejo
Tango del Viejo via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin via Flickr. CC BY 2.0.
pixabay stock
Against the Wall viia Pixabay. Public Domain.
man smoking
Man Smoking via Pixabay. Public Domain.
male portrait
Male Portrait via Pixabay. Public Domain.
male model
Male Model via Pixabay. Public Domain.
man in hat
Man in Hat via Pixabay. Public Domain.
homeless indian man
Indian Beggar via Pixabay. Public Domain.
long hair
Long Hair via Pixabay. Public Domain.
in the woods
In the Woods via Pixabay. Public Domain.
hooded
Hooded via Pixabay. Public Domain.
homeless man
Homeless Man via Pixabay. Public Domain.
dark light
Dark Light via Pixabay. Public Domain.
portrait
Portrait via Pixabay. Public Domain.
cowboy in the surf
Cowboy in the Surf via Pixabay. Public Domain.
in the rain
In the Rain via Pixabay. Public Domain.
Morrocan man
Moroccan Man via Pixabay. Public Domain.
black and white portrait
Black and White Portrait via Pixabay. Public Domain.
oscar wilde
Oscar Wilde via Pixabay. Public Domain.
friedrich nietzche
Friedrich Nietzsche via Pixabay. Public Domain.
hyper real
Hyper Real Male Portrait via Pixabay. Public Domain.
iraqi man
Iraqi Man via Pixabay. Public Domain.
homeless man
Homeless Man via Pixabay. Public Domain.
homeless man
Homeless Man via Pixabay. Public Domain.
man in the road
Man in the Road via Pixabay. Public Domain.
karl fredrickson
Untitled by Karl Fredrickson via Unsplash. Public Domain.
jose murillo
Untitled by Jose Murillo via Unsplash. Public Domain.
hannes wolf
Untitled by Hannes Wolf via Unsplash. Public Domain.
untitled
Untitled by Angelina Litvin via Unsplash. Public Domain.
ken wu
Untitled by Ken Wu via Unsplash. Public Domain.

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