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The Three: Senior Love Triangle
by Isadora Kosofsky

Project Statement:

The Three: Senior Love Triangle is a photo documentary that shadows Jeanie, 82; Will, 84; and Adina, 90, who are bound by their relationship. They view their connection as a shield from the loneliness of aging. Attempting to find solace within themselves, they seek escape with each other. In describing their bond, Will shares, “We live above the law. Not outside the law, but above the law. We are not outlaws.”

When Will was 79, he moved to a retirement home and started a relationship with Adina. Four years later, he relocated to another retirement facility where he met Jeanie. Since Will did not want to choose between his two companions, Will, Jeanie and Adina formed a trio. Through their relationship, they challenge socio-cultural norms projected about the elderly. Yet, Jeanie confides, “To share Will is a thorn in your side. A relationship between a man and a woman is private. It is a couple. Not a trio.”

When asked about the dynamic, Adina explains, “There are many different kinds of love.”

Jeanie, Will and Adina are no longer involved with each other. The Three: Senior Love Triangle is the inspiration for the forthcoming narrative feature film entitled, Three.

Artist Bio:

Isadora Kosofsky is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She takes an immersive approach to photojournalism, working with her subjects for years at a time. Her passion is to document American social issues from a humanistic stance.

She received the 2012 Inge Morath Award from the Magnum Foundation for her work about romantic relationships of the aged. She was a participant in WPP’s 2014 Joop Swart Masterclass. Her work has received distinctions from Flash Forward Magenta Foundation, Ian Parry Foundation, Social Documentary Network, IAFOR, Women in Photography International, Prix de la Photographie Paris, The New York Photo Festival and a nomination for Reportage Photography of the Year at the 2016 Lead Awards. Isadora’s images have been featured in The London Sunday Times, Slate, The Washington Post, TIME, Le Monde, VICE, The New Yorker, Mashable, American Photo, The British Journal of Photography and The Huffington Post, among others. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and can be found in Family Photography Now (Thames and Hudson 2016), a photographic anthology, and in Public Private Portraiture from Mossless. She was a speaker at the 2016 National Geographic Photography Seminar.