For all you cynics out there who don’t believe in everlasting love, you must check out this series called Love Ever After by Lauren Fleishman. The New York-based photographer captures beautifully intimate moments between New York City couples that have been together over 50 years. She accompanies each image with a sweet short story, like one you’d imagine hearing during the classic romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally.
For the photo above, for example, husband Moses Rubenstein of Brooklyn states, “Now I am going on 88. My wife is 85 and I’m only wishing for another 5 or 6 years of life. This is all we want. We don’t want to live much longer. As a matter of fact, I always say to my wife, I wish I could reach 94. This is the aim of my existence. I’d like to see my grandson earn a living and my granddaughter get married. We want them to be happy the way we were.”
Fleishman began this series after her grandfather’s death. In a book next to his bed, she discovered a series of love letters he had written to her grandmother who he had been married to for more than 50 years. Inspired by this, she decided to create a photographic series of “love letters.”