The Oldest Living Things in the World is an impressive journey through Rachel Sussman’s 10-year project to photograph and document organisms that are 2,000 years or older. Ranging from Antarctica to Greenland, Southern American Deserts to the Australian Outback, the result of the research is a stunning visual and contextual collection. Sussman is able to curate organism unlike anything else that has been created in the arts of science. The book offers essays by New York Times science columnist Carl Zimmer and curator Hans Ulrich, as well as the author’s stories and comments on the good and bad parts of her experience.
It first caught our attention as a beautifully designed coffee table book, but as we started going through the pages, Rachel Sussman’s research stood out. We soon realized that this book was a powerful work at the intersection of fine art, science, and philosophy.
To learn more about Rachel’s project and book development click here.