Founder of the EveryMAN Project
Tarik Carroll is a fashion, music, and commercial photographer from Brooklyn who uses his work to embrace body diversity and break down barriers imposed by toxic masculinity. Tarik is the founder of the EveryMAN Project, which aims to confront the status quo with an ongoing fashion photo series about the relationships men have with body image. The project highlights cis and trans men of all backgrounds and allows subjects to steer their own narratives and take a stand against feelings of shame due to their body, sexuality, or race.
Having worked with international recording artists such as Azealia Banks, Cupcakke The Rapper & Diana Gordon, Tarik was recently featured in a GQ France editorial about plus-size men of color.
On the EveryMan Project website, Tarik writes about growing up with feelings of isolation and self-consciousness due to his appearance — especially when in public — but once he started working in fashion, he came to the realization that “perfection and beauty are purely subjective concepts.”
“Listening to male models with bodies that rival Greek gods tell me that they too suffer from body image issues was equally eye-opening and jarring,” he writes. “Hearing damaging childhood stories of isolation, fear and obsessive self scrutiny made me realize that as men, we had more in common than I previously believed.”
Tarik has a B.F.A. in graphic design from the New York Institute of Technology.