This latest coffee table book, Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love, 1850s to 1950s, is opening a window into the past as well as opening minds. In these 330 pages, a century of male love is revealed, in all its sentiment and courage, before it was legal. Written by Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell, Loving was published on October fourteenth in order to fall in line with LGBTQ history month.
LOVING: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s–1950s is a visual narrative of rare sensitivity showcasing a unique collection of over 2,700 photographs taken between the 1850s and 1950s depicting romantic love between men taken in the most varied contexts (in domestic, military, or natural settings, such as parks and beaches). We all know what it means to fall in love, to manifest one’s feelings, and this awareness emerges with strength to anyone who leafs through LOVING. To love and be loved becomes the one paradigm uniting all humanity. The feelings and emotions that emerge from it are impetuous, all-embracing, and sometimes inexpressible.
This photographed history records over 2,800 moments of male love, collected by Nini and Treadwell over the course of twenty-five years. In the two weeks that have passed since its release date, Loving has received monumental praise from multiple renowned media sources, including Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. Huffpost termed it as “a powerful testament to same-sex couples and the strength they demonstrated prior to the Stonewall uprising.”
“There is not ‘gay’ love, or ‘straight’ love. There is only ‘love.’ And because this romantic love is experienced by all humans the same way, everyone connects with LOVING,” said Hugh and Neal. “Our collection says this: ‘Love does not have a sexual orientation. It is universally the same for all.’”
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