La Llareta #0308-2B31 (3000+ years old; Atacama Desert, Chile) from The Oldest Living Things in the World, 2008


Archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag from medium format color film

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    About The Work

    Documenting the beauty and solitude of one of nature’s most timeless organisms, this striking archival print is from an ongoing, decade-long series by Brooklyn-based photographer Rachel Sussman, entitled “The Oldest Living Things in the World.” Traveling throughout the world and working in close collaboration with botanists and biologists, Sussman captures each of her subjects as both individual marvels, and within the larger context of time and human interference. This image, taken in the Atacama Desert, Chile, depicts “La Llareta” or the Yareta plant, a densely flowering shrub that resembles a moss-covered rock. Over 3,000 years old, Yareta is found only in extreme elevations, and is distantly related to parsley. Says Sussman of her work, “I approach my subjects as individuals of whom I’m making portraits, in order to facilitate an anthropomorphic connection to a deep timescale, otherwise too physiologically challenging for our brain to internalize.”

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    • Sizes 13" x 16" and 17" x 21" are from a mixed edition of 10.

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