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Richard Loving kisses his wife Mildred as he arrives home from work,

King and Queen County, Virginia, April 1965.

 

© Estate of Grey Villet

http://life.time.com/history/richard-and-mildred-loving-grey-villet-photos-1966/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey Villet        1927-2000

 

In the spring of 1965,

my husband, Grey Villet,

was given a Life Magazine

assignment to photograph

the Lovings,

an interracial married couple

then embroiled in legal tangles

after their arrest for miscegenation

in Virginia.

 

Grey did not concern himself

with those entanglements.

 

He chose,

as he did in every essay

we ever worked on together,

to seek out the literal

heart of the matter:

a love story.

 

Emotional content

always mattered most to Grey

in his work and pursuit of images

ďas real as real could get.Ē

 

Itís what gives his take

on the Loving family

its intimacy and strength.

 

Grey was a purist

in his approach

to every essay he shot.

 

Quiet as a cat,

he seemed almost

to disappear as he worked.

 

Unlike many other

celebrated photographers,

he avoided posing his subjects,

refused to manipulate the action

and simply waited patiently

for telling moments to emerge,

in the belief that reality would supply

more truth than any imposition

of his own ego.

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/18/the-heart-of-the-matter-love/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2017/mar/29/
the-lovings-in-pictures

 

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/18/
the-heart-of-the-matter-love/

http://www.icp.org/museum/exhibitions/loving-story-photographs-grey-villet

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/
arts/design/the-loving-story-at-international-center-of-photography.html

 

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/essay-6/

http://life.time.com/history/richard-and-mildred-loving-grey-villet-photos-1966/

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/may/07/usa.humanrights

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/us/06loving.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miscegenation laws /

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