In January I photographed 2 centenarians (people 100 years old or over) for Time magazine. Onie Ponder, 111, and Leonard McCracken, 107, were born in a time before air travel, interstates and air conditioning.

I worked with picture editor Leslie dela Vega (now P.D. at Fast Company) to capture the centenarians personality. I was working in concert with 3 other photographers and going for what Leslie described as an “Avedon” look. I didn’t want the lighting to overwhelm the subject matter so I kept it simple.

Here’s my favorites from the shoot:


Time also did a nice slide show with all of the images from the story:

Portraits of Centenarians
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