Even though today many people are enjoying a much healthier old age than was the case in the past, the biological limits of old age cannot be pushed back arbitrarily. The gerontologist Karl Lenhard Rudolph estimates that this limit is 120 years at the most. The Frankfurt-based photographer Karsten Thormaelen has created a photo series of people who have already celebrated their 100th birthdays. His sensitive portraits
reveal the dignity and beauty of old age. These faces reflect an entire century, and they should encourage us to reconsider the idea that our lives consist mainly of a struggle against the march of time. After all, a zest for life does not depend on an individual’s age.