Rachel Sussman collaborated with a group of biologists to research and create her stunning photo project. She begins her investigation at “year zero,” photographing the past in the present. She found the oldest living things in some of the most remote places – from arid deserts in Africa and South America to the depths of the oceans.
In Greenland she found lichens that grow only one centimeter every century. In Australia she spotted stromatolites, prehistoric organisms tied to the oxygenation of the planet and the beginnings of life on Earth. Her book is an insightful revelation that portrays the living history of our planet through some of its oldest forms of life – before they vanish once and for all.
Photos by Rachel Sussman