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Sam Taylor Wood’s “Crying Men” Cuts Right to the Core of Masculinity

by Julius Motal on 08/27/2013

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Crying is oftentimes taken as a sign of vulnerability, an openness with one’s emotions to the world. Images of men crying are scarce, and when we come across them, our perceptions of manhood are challenged. Sam Taylor Wood, a photographer, seeks to challenge common notions with portraits of famous actors in their most fragile state. The men featured have been at the forefront of contemporary cinema, and in their leading roles, they have often eschewed tearful performances in favor of gritty realism. Robin Williams, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne, Daniel Craig, Ed Harris, Gabriel Byrne, and Robert Downey, Jr. are among the group who participated in Taylor’s project. Head on to see some more in this sobering series.

Editors’ Note: We acknowledge that the series is three years old already. However, when we came across it on SLR Lounge, we found it so powerful that we decided to share it.

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This series also appeared as a book which is available via Amazon.

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