Heart Of The Matter


“First Comes Love:” portraits of enduring LGBTQ relationships (Soleil Press), a new hardbound book by photographer Barbara Proud.

For years photographer Barbara Proud has been on the ground, capturing the quiet, every day moments of loving, committed same-sex couples. The culmination of her commitment to depicting their lived experiences is now hardbound and available in bookstores across the country.

“First Comes Love,” which began as an exhibition of more than 70 couples in March 2009, is a celebration of love and devotion. It is a testament to the diversity and strength of the LGBT community. It is a commemoration of the hard work of many to achieve equality for all.

The book includes 65 stunning black and white images from Proud’s “First Comes Love” project, which she began in 2009 with the goal of providing a glimpse into the “everyday” lives of LGBTQ couples who have been in their relationships for 10, 20, 30, 40 and even 50 years.

”First Comes Love” is available to order at: www.firstcomeslove.org.