Plan américain

  • Bryan, Palm Springs CA 2017

  • Joseph, Fresno CA 2017

  • Seattle WA 2017

  • Stephen, New Orleans LA 2018

  • Charles, Clarksdale MS 2018

  • Jeremy, New Orleans LA 2018

  • Los Angeles CA 2017

  • Alexandre, Seattle WA 2017

  • Gary, Joshua Tree CA 2017

  • Greenwood MS 2018

  • Salvatore, New Orleans LA 2018

  • Kennie, Atlanta GA 2018

  • New Orleans LA 2018

  • Tanner, Nashville TN 2018

  • Brandon, South Central Los Angeles CA 2017

  • Koran, Oakland CA 2017

  • Palm Springs CA 2017

  • Robert, Natchez LS 2018

  • Alex, Athens GA 2018

  • Andrew, Los Angeles CA 2017

Plan américain

Portrait, Contemporary Issues, Documentary, Fine Art
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Too many boys are trapped in the same suffocating, outdated model of masculinity, where there is no way to be vulnerable without being emasculated. Men feel isolated, confused and conflicted about their natures. There has to be a way to expand what it means to be a man without losing our masculinity. I think we would benefit from the same conversations girls and women have been having for these past decades. I would like men to use feminism as an inspiration, in the same way that feminists used the civil rights movement as theirs. We have to start the conversation. Boys are broken, and I want to help.\"\r<\/p><p>By challenging visual stereotypes of Masculinity, this project is joining the now global conversation on this matter, just like the question about who is looking at whom, raises questions about the necessity of alternative viewpoints. \r<\/p><p>Reversing the typical photographic topos, this body of work offers a female viewpoint on men, a photographic act which transgresses typical societal roles. 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This new project, through a series of intimate portraits, aims to give, this time, a unique overview of today\u2019s America \u2013 the America of my encounters with strangers, all American men, who have crossed my path.\r\n\r\nIn the New York Times, a series of articles centered around \"this urgent question in the era of Parkland, President Trump, and #MeToo\" recently sparked quite a conversation. Michael Ian Black in \u201cThe Boys Are Not All Right\u201d states the fact that even if rigid gender roles are restrictive for everyone, redefining them has been mostly a one-sided effort: \"The past 50 years have redefined what it means to be female in America. Boys, though, have been left behind. No commensurate movement has emerged to help them navigate toward a full expression of their gender. America\u2019s boys are broken. And it\u2019s killing us. 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