There is nothing cuter than a sweet old lady or man, except babies. This photo series combines the best of both worlds for some cuteness overload. For a New York Times article called “What if Age Is Nothing but Mind-Set?” about several behavioral psychology studies on aging, photographer Zachary Scott dressed up toddlers as grandparents. We love seeing animals in human clothes, but babies in adult clothes may have raised the aw-factor. With makeup, prosthetics, and a fair amount of photo editing, Scott made charming predictions of what six little kids might look like in 60 years. [Read more…]
Brazilian photographer Adelaide Ivánova, currently studying in Berlin, has found the perfect subject in her 93 year-old grandmother. For the past 10 years Ivánova has captured her grandmother’s zest for life through lively moments, as well as mundane, stereotypical elderly moments like visits to the eye doctor. The grandmother, also named Adelaide, was the mother of sixteen children and supported her family by selling cakes when her husband’s grocery business went bankrupt. Her strength of character is evident throughout the series. The series was shot in Reclife and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [Read more…]
In this world, too many of us are not living the life of our dreams because we are too concerned with planning our future. Looking at how retired people, who are still in good health, live their lives is a good example of what truly matters in life: relationships, fun, and travel. Photographer Ana Galan was inspired by the older folks who live in the moment, so she started a project called Viv(r)e la Vie! She decided to photograph ten elderly couples who remain active by dancing, in a profile shot with a country background, in various cities around the world. [Read more…]
Look up in the air! It’s a bird, it’s a plane- no, it’s senior citizens sitting in white chairs, going about their daily tasks! German Installation artist Angie Hiesl made some jaws drop with these elderly people suspended 20 feet in the air on the streets of Montreal for Festival Transamerique this year. Hiesl premiered this concept in 1995 and has taken it all over the world to over 14 countries, including: Poland, Brazil, Colombia, and Perú, with local actors filling in the chairs at each location. The actors are at least 60 years of age, some over 70, and while in the chairs they perform everyday activities; like reading the newspaper, folding laundry, knitting, and eating snacks, as nonchalantly as possible as passersby look on with wonder (at least the ones who take notice).
For the Documerica Project (1971-1977), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s.
Flip Schulke documented everyday life in New Ulm, Minnesota and the Florida Keys during the 1970s. In both locations, Schulke focused on the retired and the lives they lead in these two very different locals. Additionally, while teaching at the University of Missouri’s Columbia School of Journalism, Schulke recruited several students to photograph New Ulm to supplement his own photographs.