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After 57 Years of Marriage, Evocative Photos Tell a Story of Love, Commitment and Repetition

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Licia and Ryan married 57 years ago in a small town next to Udine, Italy. They spent all their lives together and now at the age of 85, things start to be more difficult and the rhythms are slower. All the days look like the others, every movement is a repetitional loop. But this is what keeps them still alive: the idea of being self sufficient and helping each other.—Marina Rosso

Italian photographer Marina Rosso shot this project from 2009-2011. We asked her how she managed such close access to her subjects. Turns out, Licia and Ryan are the photographer’s grandparents—a detail that makes the work even more endearing. Rosso says that through photography, she was able to foster a closer relationship with them. We don’t doubt that, as it is clear in her intimate portrait of partnership, aging, love, and committment—the latter two concepts melting into an undefined one; Rosso says, “It’s difficult, at a certain point, to say where one ends and the other begins.”

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  • http://www.angelacappetta.com AC

    So sweet.

  • Peg

    Real life is so much more interesting and beautiful!! Well Done! Thank you for helping me to remember how much I love this style of photography.

  • http://www.laniholmberg.com Lani Holmberg

    Beautiful series. Honest & raw. Very inspired to explore this subject myself as a way to know my elders better.