The Oldest Living Things in the World


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For almost a decade now, Rachel Sussman has been documenting the oldest living things in the world, just in case they succumb to progressive climate change and environmental destruction, before we eventually decide to change tack. The result of her long work is the photobook The Oldest Living Things in the World, which encompasses 30 articles on equally many species and 124 photos. As can be seen from the following pictures that serve as foretaste, the youngest of the oldest things are around 2,000 years old. The really old ones, such as the root system of an aspen forest in Utah, are almost 80,000 years old. Some of the specimens have already gone since Rachel took their photos.

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© Rachel Sussman

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© Rachel Sussman

If you want to know more about the photo project and burn to see more pictures, you should definitely watch the video embedded below, and visit Rachel’s website.

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