Couples: A Photographic Documentary of Gay and Lesbian Relationships

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During New York City's Stonewall 25 and Gay Pride celebration in 1994, photographer John Gettings shot portraits of gay and lesbian couples, and later recorded their comments about their lives and their love for each other. The result is this stunning collection, a comepndium of words and images that provides the clearest window yet into the thoughts, emotions, and devotion of same-sex couples and their struggles and joys enroute to each other. 85 photos.

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During New York City's Stonewall 25 and Gay Pride celebration in 1994, John Gettings shot black-and-white portraits of gay and lesbian couples, and later recorded their comments about their lives and their love for each other. The result is a stunning collection, a compendium of words and images that provide the clearest window yet into the thoughts, emotions, and devotion of same-sex couples and their struggles and joys enroute to each other. These are not celebrity gays, but ordinary citizens from all walks of life (accountants, teachers, lawyers, bartenders, chauffers, corporate executives) and many regions and backgrounds. They represent the full spectrum of contemporary gay culture, and their revelations about coming out, family reactions to their partnerships, limitations on their rights, and forging a life together are infallibly colored with caring and commitment. At a time when domestic partnerships and same-sex marriages are increasingly visible on judicial, legislative and political agendas, Couples addresses a fundamental issue of human connections with honesty, humor, perceptiveness, and great passion. Couples is a significant addition to gay and lesbian studies. -- Midwest Book Review

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