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When you have to fight against something, it is not always necessary to raise your voices over your lungs to prove your point. Sometimes, all you need is a candid snap, making more noise than your words can.
Photographer Oliver Ciappa got hold of the concept and began his 'imaginary couples' series few years back when France was beset by anti-gay protests. Shooting celebrities such as Lara Fabian and Eva Longoria along with other models, actors, athletes and entertainers which displayed the positive same-$ex couples.
Here are some of the pictures from the famous picture series.
Singer Lara Fabian and Eva Longoria.
The celebrities that I shot are heterosexual, but it was essential to me that you would believe these imaginary couples and families they portray were real," Ciappa explained.
"If you couldn't identify with their love and feel it was real, then I would have failed. And to show that love is love, no matter who [is involved], the exhibition also features real gay families, straight ones, single parents, disabled, people of different skin colors and origins, different religion, young couples, old ones… All of these pictures, imaginary or real, have the same glamorous and warm monochrome style that makes them look not only appealing but timeless."