The Lovings: An Intimate Portrait

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Princeton Architectural Press
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10.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 1.59 pounds

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About the Author

Barbara Villet is an author and journalist who was a photo editor at Life and collaborated on many of Mr. Villet''s projects. Grey Villet (1927-2000) was a celebrated, award-winning photojournalist for Life magazine. Throughout his career, he shot for publications in his native South Africa, England, and the United States, covering breaking news, sports, presidential politics, and entertainment, and documenting the midcentury conflicts of the American South, Cuba, and the Middle East. One of photojournalism''s most distinguished practitioners, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Crowley of the New York Times credits the influence of a Grey Villet Life essay with his decision, at age nine, to become a photographer.


"As a photojournalistic project it works wonderfully and should be on your reading list if you have even a cursory interest in the genre." - Amateur Photographer
"Taken in the context of today, when civil liberties are sadly still under siege, Grey Villet's photos of the Lovings are a powerful reminder of the individuals impacted by discriminatory and unjust policy." - Fast Co. Design
"Intimate photographs of the real life interracial couple who inspired Oscar nominated movie Loving demonstrate the powerful bond between them that helped change history. The beautiful images featured in new book, The Lovings: An Intimate Portrait, were taken as the couple fought a landmark US civil rights case to overturn a law prohibiting interracial marriage." - Mirror
"In July 1958, Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested for interracial marriage, then a crime in their home state of Virginia. Life photographer Grey Villet spent a few weeks with them, two years before their case brought down the law." - The Guardian
"Barbara Villet, Grey's wife and former Life journalist and editor, has done a masterly job of organizing these fine images and weaving a touching portrait of the Lovings. This powerful book will appeal to photographers and anyone interested in American social and cultural history." - Library Journal
"Villet's photos are quietly resilient as they capture an ordinary couple's everyday moments -- the kinds of moments that others were allowed to experience without scrutiny. The photo essay appears in its entirety for the first time in this book, with text by Barbara Villet providing context and chronology. But the real power is in the images and the love story they tell." - Photographer's Forum magazine
"Through black-and-white images, the photographer captures the subtle glances, spurts of laughter and moments of quiet determination that, together, comprise a love story whose power echoes today." - The Huffington Post
"The book offers an intimate look at their life at a particular moment, mid-way through the drama of their story." - Photo District News
"The photo-essay, seen for the first time in its entirety here, is a landmark in photography's history. The 50 images show how Villet did not embroil himself in the legal tangles but captured what was the heart of the case: two people in love wanting an ordinary life. Demonstrating how photography does have the power to help change things, this is an intense depiction of a couple that altered history." - Black ] White Phototography Magazine