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Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s-1950s Hardcover – 1 December 2020

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  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 8874399286
  • ISBN-13 : 978-8874399284
  • Dimensions : 22.89 x 3.48 x 28.65 cm
  • Publisher : 5 Continents (1 December 2020)
  • Language: : English
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 194 ratings

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In public, the men [in LOVING]...were compelled to hide their sexual identities. But in these candid photos, their resilience is plainly visible.--Dallas Morning News

...a powerful testament to same-sex couples and the strength they demonstrated prior to the Stonewall uprising.--Huffington Post

The sweetness of the images is palpable, and may even startle in their brazenness, such as the photo of the men holding a preprinted sign that reads: "Not Married But Willing to Be." ....The Nini-Treadwell collection...not only allows us to imagine what it must have felt like to discover this image and hold it and freely breathe in these loving looks. It also becomes a promise we keep to these forgotten men, acknowledging their devotion, who loved despite all the odds.--Jerry Portwood "Rolling Stone "

What do images of men in love during a time when it was illegal tell us? What are we looking for in the faces of these people who dared to challenge the mores of their time to seek solace together? Flipping through the book, it wasn't that I felt that I learned a great deal about being LGBTQ, but what gave me comfort was the feeling that we're not going anywhere. Seeing ourselves in the past is as much about being certain of our present and, dare I say, our future. When we see them as connected, we feel more whole, and that's what love is about for many of us anyway.--Hrag Vartanian "Hyperallergic "

Finding these photographs is a rescue mission for Nini and Treadwell, and they see themselves as stewards of the once lost images. They haven't shared their collection with anyone until now, mostly because they didn't think anyone would want to see it. To their surprise, the response has been overwhelmingly positive and often emotional. The images have resonated with all ages, genders, and orientations, political or otherwise.--"In Site," The Washington Post

About the Author

Native Texans, collectors Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell are arts professionals currently living in New York City. Their collection has grown over a period of 20 years to include over 2700 images.

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J. D. Willmott
5.0 out of 5 stars Photos of ordinary guys in love with other ordinary guys
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity for true representation.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2020
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Mr. Barry Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book of wonderful photographs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important piece of work
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing collection but very frustrating to use
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