Portraying Life at The Royal Academy of Arts

Daphne Selfe in a suit from Old Ladies Rebellion

This past weekend, I joined 83-year-old model Daphne Selfe, designer Fanny Karst, and Nigel Hartley from St. Christopher’s Hospice for a panel discussion at The Royal Academy of Arts in London. We had a very special conversation about the interplay between aging, illness, and physical appearance. Audience members joined in for a lively conversation reinforcing how creativity can positively influence one’s mood and outlook. I was especially struck by a point made by Mr. Hartley that we must find ways to engage with communities of seniors who are often overlooked and not as vibrant as the men and women that I tend to photograph. My goal has always been to make older people as a whole more visible and valued in our society, so this topic is one that I hope to continue to address more completely in the future.

  • YES!! More visible and valued in a postive light instead of the stupid stereotypes of the mean old lady or the crazy lady who has lost her marbles.

  • Bless your boots Ari Seth Cohen!! It's about time we started realizing that people don't just disappear when they get older. There's a wealth of life experience in our elders just waiting for recognition!

    Thank you for being on the forefront of an important societal shift.

  • Oh, and this lady is STELLAR!

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful girl!!!

  • Ari, you are doing a great job of bringing awareness to aging woman. thank you for that.

  • Daphne Selfe is amazing and gorgeous. I love your idea of engaging the whole of the Advanced Style experience.

  • Daphne Selfe is amazing and gorgeous. I love your idea of engaging the whole of the Advanced Style experience.

  • She is beautiful….
    And I will say it again and again…bless you, Ari Cohen!
    P.S. Any updates on the film?
    xoxo

  • Anonymous

    Hi Ari, I was there at Royal Academy! It was nice to see you, Daphne, Fanny(she was funny!) & Nigel. It was thought provoking. I am in my 40's and I am a volunteer at a local day centre for elderly. I am inspired by your blog and would like to spread your movement in my local community somehow. Thank you for inspiration and good luck with your continuing work!

  • You are doing wonderful work Ari, bringing older people into a more positive light. This lady is an inspiration wish I could have been there too.
    Jackie

  • Ari,
    I have been following this site for some time. Thank you for showing that there is no need to be "over the hill". I admire all your ladies and gentlemen. Thank you too for taking up the cause of all seniors who are overlooked and undervalued in society. I couldn't agree more. All those years of life are years packed full of experience that should continue to be valued.
    Ruth
    P.S. I'm 56 so a youngster yet 🙂 But I take inspiration from your pages for my future years

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Ari, you're makin' my heart sing to read your intention to "make older people as a whole more visible and valued in our society" – you're my hero in this! Other societies naturally value age for accumulated knowledge and wisdom and we've lost out on this for too long. Blessings and celebrations to you for your unique and fabulous work, and to all of the Advanced Stylistas who allow it. Yay & whoo whoo!