Thursday, October 12, 2023

Photo project shows gay couples throughout history

Neal Treadwell and Hugh Nini searched for the oldest possible photos of men in same-sex relationships from around the world and throughout history in their book Loving.

The book portrays the history of romantic love between men in hundreds of moving and tender vernacular photographs taken between the years 1850 and 1950. 

This visual narrative of astonishing sensitivity brings to light an until-now-unpublished collection of hundreds of snapshots, portraits, and group photos taken in the most varied of contexts, both private and public.

Taken when male partnerships were often illegal, the photos here were found at flea markets, in shoe boxes, family archives, old suitcases, and later online and at auctions. 

The collection includes photos from all over the world: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Japan, Greece, Latvia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Serbia. 

The subjects were identified as couples by that unmistakable look in the eyes of two people in love, impossible to manufacture or hide. 

Loving, published in five languages —Engish, French, German, Italian, and Spanish—, has been ranked #1 in six categories at Amazon including Photography History, Lifestyle Photography, Wedding Photography, LGBTQ Demographic Studies, and more. 

You can get the book here.

Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell

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