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The Herald Magazine - - CONTENTS - TONAKI TSURU KARSTEN THORMAEHLEN

Tonaki Tsuru was born on Oc­to­ber 1, 1913, in Nanjo, Ja­pan. A wi­dow for more than 50 years, she lives on Ok­i­nawa, one of a group of islands in the East China Sea that is re­puted for hav­ing the most cen­te­nar­i­ans. She raised four chil­dren and worked in a fab­ric fac­tory. She loves grow­ing sweet pota­toes and Ok­i­nawan folk mu­sic.

She is just one of the 52 sub­jects in Ger­man pho­tog­ra­pher Karsten Thormaehlen’s new book Age­ing Grace­fully. “My ul­ti­mate pas­sion is pho­tograph­ing old peo­ple,” he writes in the in­tro­duc­tion. “Very old peo­ple.”

We as­so­ciate beauty with youth. But maybe that’s be­cause we aren’t look­ing hard enough. Thormaehlen’s work, the pho­tog­ra­pher says, is it­self a search for beauty, “per­haps the purest kind – a beauty that knows no ex­pi­ra­tion date”.

And so his im­ages are full of lines and also full of life.

Age­ing Grace­fully by Karsten Thormaehlen is pub­lished by Chron­i­cle Books, priced £19.99

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