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This Book of Photos Tells a Story of Love that Changed History

A Photo Essay about the Lovings
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 * Real-life photos of Mildred and Richard Loving
 * High-quality prints by renowned photojournalist Gray Villet 
* The Loving’s story has become a moving and inspiring film

Presenting the moving, groundbreaking story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple whose landmark fight to overturn a law against interracial marriage made history, and inspired an Oscar-nominated film (Ruth Negga, for Best Actress). This beautiful hardcover book beautifully showcases the photo essay by Gray Villet, which documented the couple’s journey.

Loving vs. Virginia went to the Supreme Court, where a unanimous decision in 1967 overturned the prohibition of marriage on the grounds of race. While they were embarked on their battle for justice in Washington, DC in 1965, the Lovings spent some time with the renowned photojournalist Gray Villet, then working with Life Magazine. Villet composed a series of moving portraits documenting the couple as they went about their lives.

Richard and Mildred Loving

Both spontaneous and momentous, these images are collected in book form for the first time in “Intimate Portraits.” The scenes they capture range from quiet moments at home to public gatherings and tense legal meetings. Moody, intense, thoughtful and most of all, loving, they capture with rare authenticity the lived experience of a couple whose battle for justice was an important part of the ongoing civil rights struggle in America.

the lovings

Recalling how the personal and political intertwine and presenting moving human testimony for the ways that national history becomes personal history and vice versa, these images and the accompanying text by Barbara Villet are both aesthetically beautiful and socially relevant.

In hardcover with high quality archival paper, Intimate Portraits makes a great coffee table book and is a wonderful tribute to Mildred and Richard Loving and their pioneering, landmark struggle which helped pave the way for marriage equality for so many. In tumultuous times, a book like Intimate Portraits is a heartening reminder that persistence can lead to change and that sometimes love wins.

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