A series investigating the effects of gravity on the female form.
In the new book Aging Gracefully, photographer Karsten Thormaehlen shot 52 portraits of men and women over 100 years old. The project took him to four continents, from Munich to New York to Tokyo. “It’s not a book on death or almost-death,” he told the Cut. “It’s a book on the power and beauty of life.”
Each photo is accompanied by a short caption describing the centenarian, but Thormaehlen emphasized he wants viewers to focus on his subjects’ features. “Look more into the face and interpret it through the lines of the face, the eyes,” he said.
The ten women shown here live all over the world, including New York, France, Peru, and Ecuador. (Fun fact: Women consistently outrank men on lists of “oldest people in the world” — of the 44 oldest people in the world right now, 43 of them are women.) Click ahead to preview the book, out March 7 from Chronicle Books.
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Born September 10, 1914, in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.
María Teresa Bolivar vda de Lercari
Born July 4, 1913, in Lima, Peru.
Born August 26, 1916, in Toronto, Canada.
Born February 12, 1915, in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Born April 19, 1912, in Wels, Austria.
Maria Luisa Medina
Born April 8, 1913, in Loja, Ecuador.
Born September 21, 1914, in Fairfield, Montana.
Born August 25, 1916, in Ōgimi, Japan.
Born October 28, 1912, in Nagasaki, Japan.
Born June 14, 1914, in Paris, France.