In February, there was a lot of buzz in the stock photo industry about needing more photos that represent “real” women. Â I made a post sharing 75 authentic stock photos of womenÂ from my agency, Stocksy. Â That was a really fun project to put together, and I’ve received a few requests to createÂ a similar post about men.
Calling these posts “Stock Photography of Real Men/Women” is a bit tongue-in-cheek. Â I’ve always hated campaigns thatÂ suggest certain types of people are more or lessÂ real than others (example: “real women have curves”). Â “Real” shouldn’t be used as a code word to allow us to judge or exclude people in different ways. Â Real people comeÂ in all shapes and sizes, and do all kinds of different things.
In stock photography, “real” to me just means genuine and authentic. Â Authentic locations, actions, and expressions. Â The world isn’t pretty – except when it is; and people aren’t perfectly polished – except when they are. Â Lifestyle photography should represent all of these ranges. Â But just as women haven’t always been portrayed authentically in stock photos, men are underrepresented in stock images as well. Â Here are 75 stock photos of menÂ available to license from Stocksy. Â You can view the gallery here.