The Story Behind the AGS Annual Meeting Program Cover

I was thrilled when the American Geriatrics Society contacted me seeking images for the program cover of next year’s annual meeting. I spent hours flipping through my portfolio and found several suitable shots. Gradually I realized that to represent aging in America I...

Aging in Central Asia

In May 2012 I traveled to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia to photograph aging and gain better understanding of international differences in how people grow old.  I was amazed to learn the extent that elders are revered in traditional Kyrgyz society.  The collapse of the...

My Patient With The Tattoo

Mr. W. was brought to my office in a wheelchair by one of his daughters for a problem with his leg.  In his late eighties and ravaged by age, his skin was pale and swollen from anemia and congestive heart failure, and a gray beard was draped over his chest.  While...

Aging Inside Angola State Penitentiary

In November 2010 I photographed aging prisoners in Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana.  After the GSA meeting in New Orleans I drove 150 miles through the wetlands, past Baton Rouge, then north up Highway 66.   The facility was surrounded by 12-foot razor-topped...

Aging and Invisibility

My aging related art was recently covered in a post written by Paula Span in the New York Times blog, The New Old Age.  It was gratifying to spend time with this outstanding journalist and share my images, many of which are finally being shown after years of storage. ...

Ping Pong, Aging, and the Disuse Syndrome

On a trip to Australia this past November I had the opportunity to visit with and photograph the oldest professional ping pong player in the world.  98 year old Dorothy DeLow lives in a well kept home nestled in a suburb of Sydney.  She demonstrated her ability to...