Photographing Men

Profoto Studio Lights. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Every time I’d take a hands-on photography workshop where attendees can photograph live models, more often than not those models are young women. Nothing wrong with that, but I’ve always photographed men and, really, mostly individuals from the LGBTQ+ community, including activists, artists, and friends. I’ve covered the community for almost twenty years now and made wonderful friends and supporters along the way.

I hope I’ll be able to photograph people again, in a post-Covid time. I hope that I’ll be able to photograph and see my friends again, in person. But until that’s possible, here are a few #tbt portraits of men:

LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS Advocate. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Artist. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS activist Carlos Idibouo. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

I also interviewed and photographed Carlos Idibouo for an A&U cover story. Check it out:

Finding Strength – Cover story and photo shoot with international LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activist Carlos Idibouo published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Mr. Eagle NYC 2020. #tbt ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS advocate Omar Garcia. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

And here’s my interview and photo shoot with Omar Garcia:

Finding His Resolve: An interview and photo shoot with activist Omar Garcia published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Group Wedding Portrait w/ the photographer.

And since soon will be celebrating yet another wedding anniversary of my friends, here’s to happier moments, like the one captured in this group shot.

For portraits and interviews, please check out some of the links posted on my Portfolio page.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

Alina Oswald

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  1. Some great shots and personally I find B & W shots of men more interesting than women. Part of that might well be that we’re so used to women in photography that they can become boring in their repetitious poses, especially fashion photography.

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    1. I completely agree! You read my mind. Plus, and this is my opinion, there’s a certain notion of “soft” or “softness” and a certain “look” or idea of “perfection” associated with women’s fashion photography that has nothing to do with everyday life, with reality. So, yeah, again, I agree completely with you. Also, I appreciate your note and kind words. Many thanks! Hope that all is well.


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