Nic Tanner | Masculinity in America: Part 1

Country of origin: United States
Project location: United States
Program: Magnum Foundation Fellowship
Year: 2014

My feeling is that until we acknowledge violence as a largely male phenomenon in America, caused not by biological sex but by prescribed, enforced, but essentially changeable ways of being a man in America, we can never hope to mitigate the trends of violence plaguing America and it's people.

The purpose of this photographic essay is to help catalyze a growing conversation about masculinity in America by creating a new perspective from which to consider the otherness of one of our most dominant narratives about gender. It seeks to make seen that which remains hidden right before our eyes.

Instead of focusing on the stories of the countless victims of violence perpetuated by men, it turns its faze at men themselves and the varied performances of their masculinity.


Nicolas' work has been published and presented in all sorts of ways including on the print cover of the New York Times, as documentary evidence of ethnic violence for the UNHCR in Kyrgyzstan, on the screen at Month of Photography Los Angeles, and on the walls of galleries all over New England. Recently, his work was featured at the Power House gallery in Australia. Other outlets where his work has been featured include The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, El País, Photophilanthropy, Salon, Time’s Lightbox, and countless US dailies. He also works regularly with NGO’s including The Open Society Institute, United Nations, and The Danish Refugee Council.