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Stock Photography of Real Men

In February, there was a lot of buzz in the stock photo industry about needing more photos that represent “real” women.  I made a post sharing 75 authentic stock photos of women from my agency, Stocksy.  That was a really fun project to put together, and I’ve received a few requests to create a similar post about men.

Calling these posts “Stock Photography of Real Men/Women” is a bit tongue-in-cheek.  I’ve always hated campaigns that suggest certain types of people are more or less real than others (example: “real women have curves”).  “Real” shouldn’t be used as a code word to allow us to judge or exclude people in different ways.  Real people come in all shapes and sizes, and do all kinds of different things.

In stock photography, “real” to me just means genuine and authentic.  Authentic locations, actions, and expressions.  The world isn’t pretty – except when it is; and people aren’t perfectly polished – except when they are.  Lifestyle photography should represent all of these ranges.  But just as women haven’t always been portrayed authentically in stock photos, men are underrepresented in stock images as well.  Here are 75 stock photos of men available to license from Stocksy.  You can view the gallery here.

75 Authentic Stock Photos of Men and Boys Around the World

Smiling shoemaker working at his desk by Branislav Jovanović

Smiling shoemaker working at his desk by Branislav Jovanović

Gay Couple Having Fun Bathing Together in a Bath Tub by Joselito Briones

Gay Couple Having Fun Bathing Together in a Bath Tub by Joselito Briones

Australian Sheep Farmer with his Sheep by Gary Radler Photography

Australian Sheep Farmer with his Sheep by Gary Radler Photography

Conga Player in Miami by Stephen Morris

Conga Player in Miami by Stephen Morris

Carpenter and His Apprentice Working at the Workshop by Lumina

Carpenter and His Apprentice Working at the Workshop by Lumina

Contractor working with plaster or putty by Danil Nevsky

Contractor working with plaster or putty by Danil Nevsky

Portrait of a young Punk by kkgas

Portrait of a young Punk by kkgas

hispanic barista by Warren Goldswain

hispanic barista by Warren Goldswain

A man with his logs by Deirdre Malfatto

A man with his logs by Deirdre Malfatto

A Cigarette Smoking Tribal Man With Mustaches by Agha Waseem Ahmed

A Cigarette Smoking Tribal Man With Mustaches by Agha Waseem Ahmed

Woman teaching little boy how to care for plants in a garden. by kkgas

Woman teaching little boy how to care for plants in a garden. by kkgas

toddler boy eats cereal for breakfast by Carolyn Brandt

toddler boy eats cereal for breakfast by Carolyn Brandt

Grandpa and his adult grandson having a laugh by Jovana Milanko

Grandpa and his adult grandson having a laugh by Jovana Milanko

happy father holding his son near the window by Cuiyan Lio

happy father holding his son near the window by Cuiyan Lio

Boy on a beach takes a picture of his father with a digital SLR camera by Cara Slifka

Boy on a beach takes a picture of his father with a digital SLR camera by Cara Slifka

mother and son smiling by Lia & Fahad

mother and son smiling by Lia & Fahad

Mechanic working on car. by kkgas

Mechanic working on car. by kkgas

Portrait of a Young Man by Jayme Burrows

Portrait of a Young Man by Jayme Burrows

Man Sleeping While Puppies Play by Kevin Russ

Man Sleeping While Puppies Play by Kevin Russ

camel herder with his camels by Gary John Norman

camel herder with his camels by Gary John Norman

old man smoking in old factory by Marija Anicic

old man smoking in old factory by Marija Anicic

Housework by Nabi Tang

Housework by Nabi Tang

Man balance walking on a highline or tight rope high over a mountain valley at sunset by Mickey Wiswedel

Man balance walking on a highline or tight rope high over a mountain valley at sunset by Mickey Wiswedel

All Smiles by John Dunaway

All Smiles by John Dunaway

Welder by Michela Ravasio

Welder by Michela Ravasio

Two young apprentice mechanics repairing an engine in a garage. by kkgas

Two young apprentice mechanics repairing an engine in a garage. by kkgas

Rough Aged Man Sits in a Diner by Kevin Russ

Rough Aged Man Sits in a Diner by Kevin Russ

Fisherman on bamboo raft on the Li river, near Guilin, China by Matteo Colombo

Fisherman on bamboo raft on the Li river, near Guilin, China by Matteo Colombo

Elderly man ironing clothes by Carolene Preap

Elderly man ironing clothes by Carolene Preap

young photographer with a film camera by Lia & Fahad

young photographer with a film camera by Lia & Fahad

Cooking and Cocktails by Jayme Burrows

Cooking and Cocktails by Jayme Burrows

Cute interracial couple walking in neighborhood by Phil Chester Photography

Cute interracial couple walking in neighborhood by Phil Chester Photography

passion by Igor Madjinca

passion by Igor Madjinca

Kenyan school children. Kenya, Africa. by Hugh Sitton

Kenyan school children. Kenya, Africa. by Hugh Sitton

Mature professor drawing on a blue blackboard with chalk by Miquel Llonch

Mature professor drawing on a blue blackboard with chalk by Miquel Llonch

African Businessman Writing by Lumina

African Businessman Writing by Lumina

Loving gay couple kissing while shopping for their christmas tree by Jasmin Awad

Loving gay couple kissing while shopping for their christmas tree by Jasmin Awad

Teacher with tie listening to students by Per Swantesson

Teacher with tie listening to students by Per Swantesson

man and dog in a car by Carolyn Brandt

man and dog in a car by Carolyn Brandt

Indian man playing traditional indian drums by kkgas

Indian man playing traditional indian drums by kkgas

Artisan putting donuts in a display case by Vera Lair

Artisan putting donuts in a display case by Vera Lair

India, Rajasthan, Jaipur, boy dancing in Samode Palace by Gavin Hellier

India, Rajasthan, Jaipur, boy dancing in Samode Palace by Gavin Hellier

Young man working in a bakery by kkgas

Young man working in a bakery by kkgas

A shepherd standing with a stick in his hands guarding his sheep by Agha Waseem Ahmed

A shepherd standing with a stick in his hands guarding his sheep by Agha Waseem Ahmed

Technician working with 3D printer by Ondine Corewijn

Technician working with 3D printer by Ondine Corewijn

DJ at the club by Stalman & Boniecka

DJ at the club by Stalman & Boniecka

man tests density of maple syrup with a hydrometer by Deirdre Malfatto

man tests density of maple syrup with a hydrometer by Deirdre Malfatto

Traditional Hawaiian Fire Dancer by Shelly Perry

Traditional Hawaiian Fire Dancer by Shelly Perry

Man Happily Stirring with Assistance by Gary Radler Photography

Man Happily Stirring with Assistance by Gary Radler Photography

Young black gay couple having fun in urban area by Simone Becchetti

Young black gay couple having fun in urban area by Simone Becchetti

Woman is getting her hair colored by a tattooed hairdresser by Leander Nardin

Woman is getting her hair colored by a tattooed hairdresser by Leander Nardin

Close up of a father kissing his mixed-race daughter's forehead. by Holly Clark

Close up of a father kissing his mixed-race daughter’s forehead. by Holly Clark

Senior Man durin Housework by Mattia Pelizzari

Senior Man durin Housework by Mattia Pelizzari

Cute couple at the coast by Luke + Mallory Leasure

Cute couple at the coast by Luke + Mallory Leasure

Senior Man in Workshop Repairing Chair by Tyler Olson

Senior Man in Workshop Repairing Chair by Tyler Olson

Aboriginal Australian making a Message Stick with Soldering Iron by Gary Radler Photography

Aboriginal Australian making a Message Stick with Soldering Iron by Gary Radler Photography

Portrait of a handsome young man in urban area by Simone Becchetti

Portrait of a handsome young man in urban area by Simone Becchetti

Wurundjeri Elder seated on the floor with his dog by Gary Radler Photography

Wurundjeri Elder seated on the floor with his dog by Gary Radler Photography

Portrait of a punk in a garden by kkgas

Portrait of a punk in a garden by kkgas

Worker in UAE by John Dunaway

Worker in UAE by John Dunaway

Sleeping on the ferry by Marcel

Sleeping on the ferry by Marcel

Surgeon performing surgery by Leandro Crespi

Surgeon performing surgery by Leandro Crespi

portrait of an old fishermen with long hair and white beard cutting a freshly caught fish by Leander Nardin

portrait of an old fishermen with long hair and white beard cutting a freshly caught fish by Leander Nardin

child in the dentist chair by Carolyn Brandt

child in the dentist chair by Carolyn Brandt

Programmer Looking at a Computer Code on a Tablet by Lumina

Programmer Looking at a Computer Code on a Tablet by Lumina

Hamer tribe senior man with traditional clothes having a drink on a local bar. Omo Valley, Ethiopia by Alejandro Moreno de Carlos

Hamer tribe senior man with traditional clothes having a drink on a local bar. Omo Valley, Ethiopia by Alejandro Moreno de Carlos

Grandfather surrounded by his grandchildren by Angela Lumsden

Grandfather surrounded by his grandchildren by Angela Lumsden

Aboriginal Man in his Late 40s by Gary Radler Photography

Aboriginal Man in his Late 40s by Gary Radler Photography

Newborn waving with father by Wallpaper Photography

Newborn waving with father by Wallpaper Photography

Portrait of a man sitting in an empty container and taking a break by anya brewley schultheiss

Portrait of a man sitting in an empty container and taking a break by anya brewley schultheiss

Young family with teenagers having fun wrestling on trampoline by Rob Campbell

Young family with teenagers having fun wrestling on trampoline by Rob Campbell

Students working together. by Mosuno

Students working together. by Mosuno

grandfather and grandsons using a digital tablet by Lee Avison

grandfather and grandsons using a digital tablet by Lee Avison

Afro businessman with mobile phone walking on the street at night. by Eduard Bonnin

Afro businessman with mobile phone walking on the street at night. by Eduard Bonnin

Senior man by Blai Baules

Senior man by Blai Baules

These and many more can be found in a gallery on Stocksy.  And the promo code JEN20 gets you 20% off your first purchase.

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