Inventarea eReaderului a adus odata cu raspandirea lui foarte larga sfarsitul erei hartiei folosite pentru ziare, reviste si (speram ca nu) pentru carti. Paper Age de Ken Ottmann este o poveste despre moartea printului.

What is the worst of woes that wait on age?
What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow?
To view each loved one blotted from life’s page,
And be alone on earth, as I am now. – Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. – Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests: I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

The idea to photograph people who have lived in three centuries evolved over the course of the project. First, he was simply interested in taking portraits of people who appear worn beyond their years by living extraordinarily hard lives. Those experiences drew him to centenarians, and on to supercentenarians and their stories.