Documenting the Oldest Living Things in the World
A visit to a 7,000-year-old tree launched photographer Rachel Sussman on a quest: to visit and document the oldest living organisms on earth. A decade later, she’s collected her shots in a family album, The Oldest Living Things in the World. Ira speaks with Sussman and science writer Carl Zimmer about why and how some lives become so long. (Read more about one of the oldest living plants, the llareta, here.)
Rachel Sussman is an artist and author of The Oldest Living Things in the World (The University of Chicago Press, 2014) in Brooklyn, New York.
Carl Zimmer is the author of She Has Her Mother’s Laugh (Dutton, 2018). He’s also a science columnist for the New York Times. He’s based in New York, New York.