This Photo Project Challenges Traditional Gender Roles In The Best Way

by Patty Affriol

 We have exclusive photos of your favorite male celebrities posing in striking, fun, and very un-masculine ways. The new book Red-Blooded American Male, by Emmy Award-winning photographer Robert Trachtenberg, has 100 delicious and surprisingly… sexy photos of male celebrities.

From Judd Apatow to Neil Patrick Harris, Trachtenberg features male celebrities’ vulnerable and softer sides by photographing them in traditionally female poses. Instead of usual photos of stoic faces and flexed muscles; it has nude, quirky, and emotion-filled photographs.

One of my favorites presents the cast of Jackass all snuggled together, looking pensive and thoughtful. Trachtenberg even had to ask “Please tuck in your balls!”(Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait to buy the book to see this picture).

A tad self-deprecating, the photos challenge masculinity by inviting the viewer to see their beloved celebrities’ feminine nature. It breaks down the rugged brick wall of masculinity and allows us all to flip how we usually view women as passive and men as active in photographs. These gorgeous photos are a call to all men to embrace their fun and sensitive side!

Meryl StreetMeryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones

Judd Aptow - CopyJudd Apatow by Robert Trachtenberg

6 - Copy copyMel Brooks & Carl Reiner by Robert Trachtenberg

3 - CopyWaris Ahluwalia by Robert Trachtenberg


Steve ColburgStephen Colbert by Robert Trachtenberg

Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris by Robert Trachtenberg

4 copy copy copy copy copy copy copyCover photo Will Arnett: Click here to buy the book!

Top Photo: Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones

Reprinted with permission from Red-Blooded American Male by Robert Trachtenberg, copyright (c) 2016. Published by Amphoto Books, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc

Published September 14, 2016

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