In case we needed any convincing* that women over the age of 100 are just as awesome as anyone else, photographer Karsten Thormaehlen’s beautiful new portraits of centenarians should do the trick.
The German photographer traveled across the world to meet women and men over the age of 100 and capture joyful images of centenarians living – and thriving – everywhere from Japan to New York and Munich.
Here you can see a selection of 10 portraits of gloriously mischievous women, who feature alongside 42 other women and men in Thormaehlen’s touching new photobook, Aging Gracefully, published by Chronicle Books on 7 March.
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Kiyo Aragai, 102
Born September 10, 1914, in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.
Betty Markoff, 100
Born August 26, 1916, in Toronto, Canada.
María Teresa Bolivar Vda De Lercari, 103
Born July 4, 1913, in Lima, Peru.
Olivia Hooker, 101
Born February 12, 1915, in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Paula Klambauer, 104
Born April 19, 1912, in Wels, Austria.
Evelyn Zehring, 102
Born September 21, 1914, in Fairfield, Montana.
Miyagui Kami, 100
Born August 25, 1916, in Ōgimi, Japan.
Maria Luisa Medina, 103
Born April 8, 1913, in Loja, Ecuador.
Kimiyo Sato, 104
Born October 28, 1912, in Nagasaki, Japan.
Gisele Casadesus, 102
Born June 14, 1914, in Paris, France.