Arts and Aging: The Art of Photographing Older Adults


Photography by Jerry Friedman

Photography by Jerry Friedman

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty. ~ Coco Chanel

One of the most poignant ways to capture the beauty of aging is the art of photography. Worldwide, many talented photographers are choosing to dedicate their time and talent portraying today’s aging society. The results are stunning and inspiring.

The photographs of ‘super centenarians’ that adorn the walls at the Centre for Elder Research continually engage and inspire visitors who are drawn in by their majestic beauty. These portraits are the work of Jerry Friedman (founder of Earth’s Elders) who journeyed around the world to photograph and record the stories of 50 individuals who have lived to be 110+ years of age.

Since 2008, blogger Ari Seth Cohen has been chronicling the stylish and eccentric older adults of New York City on his Advanced Style blog. The photos give credence to the famous Coco Channel quote that “fashion fades, only style remains the same”.

Patrícia Monteiro is a documentary photographer and photojournalist whose project Life Ever After documents a community of New York “women that live alone after losing companions, relatives or friends. To look at them is also to look at the beauty of life, that definitely does not end when you reach your 80’s.”

Based in the United Kingdom, Dr. Alex Rotas photographs the vitality of competitive older adult athletes. Her photographs of ‘masters’ athletes challenge the misconception of sedentary older adults.

Note: For copyright reasons, many photographs are not shown in the blog, however, just click on the links provided to view them.


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