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Then & Now: Same People Photographed As Young Adults And 100-Years-Old

Our appearance changes drastically as we grow older. We begin to develop wrinkles, gray hair, and our hair line changes. However, it’s interesting to see that we still retain something of our youth in our appearance even as we age.

In his recent project titled “Faces of Century,” photographer Jan Langer decided to document these changes and lack thereof. He captured several images of Czechs aged 100 and over, and placed them next to photographs of the same individuals when they were younger.

Langer writes of his project, “This set of comparative photos explores the similarities and the differences in appearance and in physiognomy. The characteristics of personality change throughout life but it seems as if individual nature remains rooted in the abyss of time.”

1. Marie Burešová: On the left, she is 23 years old at her wedding. On the right, she is 101 years old and her current hobby now is chatting with her family.

Jan Langer

2. Antonín Kovář: On the right, he is 25 years old and the bandmaster of his own band. On the right, he is 102 years old. When asked about his most unforgettable memory, he said, “playing with his band and his happy marriage”

3. Vlasta Čížková: On the left, she is 23 years old and has just completed high school. On the right, she is 101 years old. Her greatest wish is to have her family together again.

4. Antonín Baldrman: On the left, he is 17 years old and is a skilled locksmith. On the right, he is 101 years old. When asked what his greatest wish is, he answered, “Peace.”

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5. Prokop Vejdělek: On the left, he is 22 years old and has taken an Oath Of Enlistment. On the right, he is 101 years old and his favorite hobby is circular saw cutting.

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6. Bedřiška Köhlerová: On the left, she is 26 years old at her wedding. On the right, she is 103 years old. When asked about her greatest wish, she responded, “visit Italy one more time.”

7. Ludvík Chybík: On the left, he is 20 years old and a skilled confectioner. On the right, he is 102 years old and his greatest wish is to see his daughter.

8. Anna Pochobradská: On the left, she is around 30 and was a farmer. On the right, she is 100 years old. When asked about her greatest wish, she responded, “to die.”

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Rahaf Khalil

9. Stanislav Spáčil: On the left, he is 17 years old and is a skilled electrician. On the right, he is 102 years old and when asked what his most unforgettable memory is, he replied, “it’s too early to think about the past”

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10. Anna Vašinová: On the left, she is 22 years old after her wedding. On the right, she is 102 years old and says that her greatest wish is to meet her husband after death.

11. Vincenc Jetelin: On the left, he is 30 years old and just finished his house. On the right, he is 105 years old and when asked about his most unforgettable memory, he answered, “eight years in prison for the function of district commissioner during WWII.”

12. Marie Fejfarová: Her personal history was burnt. On the right, she is 101 years old: “If you could give something to somebody, you must not expect to receive anything in return. And when you receive something, you cannot count on taking it with you to the grave.”

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