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Real Men Cry | Visceral Series Explores Society’s Emotional Response

By Jules Ebe on August 26th 2013


Crying Men is a series of photographic portraits of famous film actors that explores the relationship between society’s perception of what is masculine and attractive. Artist Sam Taylor-Wood took portraits of her subjects, well known leading men, as if they were in character. Engaging in the emotional connections, each image is a portrait not only of the man, but of the stereotype that “real men don’t cry”.

“Some of the men cried before I even finished loading the camera, but others found it really difficult, said Taylor-Wood. “People can decide for themselves which they think are the authentic tears and which they think are fake.”

It’s about the idea of taking these big, masculine men and showing a different side.

The accomplished director started off as a photographer and has accumulated quite the collection of awards and accolades for her work in the arts.

Each image looks to challenge the oversimplification of the male emotional realm while also adding the layer of the alluring leading man. Can our leading men still cry?

When Grow Men Cry

With the likes of Robin Williams, Laurence Fishburne, Daniel Craig, Ed Harris, Benicio del Torro, Forest Whitaker, Dustin Hoffman, Gabriel Byrne, Steve Buscemi, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Sean Penn, Paul Newman, and many more, it is difficult to look away. Stunning.













To purchase the art book, click: Sam Taylor-Wood: Crying Men.

How do you feel this series relates to our everyday lives or our perception of men or Hollywood?

Until Next Time . . .

Stay inspired ~ Jules

[via photoslaves]


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.


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  1. R Menke

    This was one of the inspirations for a series on crying belgian celebrities by a photographer I assisted for a couple of years ago.

    Similar concept but a different style.

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  2. pooja

    really good concept…Liked it

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  3. Terry Clark

    Like stills from a movie set… they’re professional actors at the top of their game, of course you can “feel” them cry. To me while the idea is quite good, the work itself is Meh.

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  4. Ihab Mokayed

    I could almost feel them crying just in front of me. This is how strong I find the photos are!

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