Some famous photographers who took pictures of males are Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe and Diane Arbus. All three artists became famous for blurring the line between commercial photography and fine art and also courted controversy by photographing subjects on the fringes of society, such as gay men and outsiders.
Richard Avedon worked as a fashion photographer for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue while also maintaining a successful portraiture studio. Some of his famous photographs of men include his portraits of Andy Warhol, Malcolm X and Bob Dylan. Avedon also took a series of photographs of his terminally ill father.
Robert Mapplethorpe was a New York photographer whose work in the late 1960s and early 1970s began with Polariod photographs of his friends and acquaintances, including artists and stars of pornographic films. Mapplethorpe also took many nude self-portraits, and as his career continued, he focused on documenting the city's S&M scene. The photographs were notable both for the controversial subject matter and Mapplethorpe's technical and formal abilities.
Diane Arbus photographed people with unusual physical deformities and people on the margins of society. Some notable photographs she took of men include her photographs of male circus and sideshow performers and men in drag.