Faces of Century Collection by Jan Langer is a collection of photographs that illustrate the inevitable changes that come with age. Langer explores the effects of time through a series of then-and-now photographs with 100-year-old Czechs as his models.
Faces of Century is made up of a number of pairs of photographs. Each twin sequence features the same individual as a youngster and as an octogenarian. To properly display the changes in each person’s appearance, the subjects reprise the same postures featured in the earlier pictures. Langer allows viewers to see how comparable and different the images are by providing these side-by-side comparisons.
“How these people see their life after such a period? The majority of those I approached agree that with advancing age life is faster; until, at last, the life will pass in a moment. Time is shrinking, as are the faces of the elders. I wondered what changes and what remains on a human face and in a human mind in such a long time, and in such a short while in relative terms. I wondered how much loneliness of the old age weighs, and what memories stay in 100-year-old mind.”
You may view the entire series on Jan Langer’s website.