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The Lovings: An Intimate Portrait can be purchased at your local bookstore through IndieBound and on Amazon.
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"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. . . . Villet’s photos help us remember the Lovings not just for what they represented, but who they were. The simple moments of connection, support and companionship that provided the strength to change the world." -Huffington Post

“Fifty years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in their favor, it’s hard to believe that Mildred and Richard Loving were once considered outlaws in their home state of Virginia, simply because they were part of a mixed-race marriage. Their struggles are captured here in a series of documentary photographs by Grey Villet, who has contributed several award-winning photo-essays to Life magazine. 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 . . . VERDICT: This powerful book will appeal to photographers and anyone interested in American social and cultural history." -Library Journal

"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. Here are some of his images of the heroic lovers from the book The Lovings: An Intimate Portrait." -The Guardian

"The book version of the full photo essay taken by Life magazine photojournalist Grey Villet in 1965, and evidence of a marriage that helped changed history."  -Vanity Fair

"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 Photography

"The Lovings is an intimate portrait that documents the extraordinary love story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple in 1950s America whose powerful bond helped to change history forever. If you want to own a piece of history, you can buy the book today." -Creative Boom

"Photographer Grey Villet was a renowned LIFE magazine photo essayist in the 1960s. In this capacity, he witnessed the

remarkable story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who fought for the freedom to be married in a state that banned mixed-race unions. While the story is more familiar now with the release of the 2016 film Loving, nothing is quite as moving as the depiction of their real interactions. This story of two people in love is so beautifully rendered and honestly lived that one can’t help but see the power of their dedication. . . ." -Photographer’s Forum