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100 men bare all in a collection of photographs and interviews about manhood and ‘manhood’.

After Bare Reality came out, I found myself drawn, perhaps compelled, to create an inner psychological and creative balance, and explore men’s stories. Manhood: The Bare Reality is a collection of 100 intimate photographs and interviews with men, and explores themes of masculinity, gender and sexuality, offering a unique insight into what it means to be a man in the 21st century. 

These days we are all less bound by gender and traditional roles, but is there more confusion about what being a man means? From veteran to vicar, from porn addict to prostate cancer survivor, men from all walks of life share honest reflections about their bodies, sexuality, relationships, fatherhood, work and health.

Just as Bare Reality: 100 women, their breasts, their stories presented the un-airbrushed truth about breasts for women, Manhood: The Bare Reality shows us the spectrum of ‘normal’, revealing men’s penises and bodies in all their diversity and glory, dispelling body image anxiety and myths.

Hearing these men’s stories was an absolute privilege and honour and I am very grateful for the experience. I’m excited this book share with you. I don’t think people will have heard men talk so honestly about so many fascinating subjects. Masculinity is associated with being ‘strong and silent’, yet here is a book of 100 men talking frankly and intimately about their manhood in both senses.

 Sensitive and compassionate, Manhood will surprise you and reassure you. It may even make you reconsider what you think you know about men, their bodies and masculinity.

This book left me feeling exhilarated and reflective. In the voices of the men, so freely expressed here, I heard myself. Like my ‘internal conversation’ got cranked up LOUD. The recesses of my long, hidden in the dark thinking, thoughts that I have been almost afraid of thinking out loud in my mind, let alone speak out loud, have just had the light turn onto them, and I am grateful. Thank you.
— Mark Harris, author of ‘Men, Love & Birth’
This could be my favourite book of all time.
— Jenny McCarthy, actress and TV/radio host
I loved this book, though it may be too on the nose to leave it on my coffee table for guests to peruse. Still, buy the book. Get it for the photos, but read it for the funny, the shocking, and the vulnerable moments we might otherwise never see. “I hope for love. I want to be desired,” says one man. So do we all.
— Dr Brooke Magnanti, Evening Standard


Read about Manhood in The Guardian Weekend Magazine

Interview on Saia Justa, Canat GNT, Brazil (Interview in English)

Review in The Evening Standard

What photographing 100 men taught me  – article by me Telegraph Wonder Women

Interview with two of the men who took in Manhood and I on Woman’s Hour, plus video clips

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