The portraits are displayed in an emotionally charged exhibition and feature state-of-the-art augmented reality (AR) technology through Kaleida Studio. With AR technology, visitors experience candid, one-on-one interviews with the 12 LGBTQ+ seniors as they tell their stories of integrity, resilience, and humanity while paving a better way for future generations. These stories come from the individuals who were a part of the generation that lead the Stonewall uprising, founded political group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and helped end the U.S. military policy commonly referred to as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” 

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Summer 2024

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About the Photographer

Karsten Thormaehlen

Trained in commercial graphic design, Karsten Thormaehlen is a self-taught German photographer. For advertising clients, he developed a keen talent for capturing the essence of products on film with a specialty in fashion photography and portraiture. He is best known, especially in Europe, for his portraits of centenarians. Centenarians intrigue him for many reasons, one of them being their wisdom. Two of Thormaehlen’s centenarian subjects were, at the time of taking the photos, the oldest women in the world. Shot from 2006 to 2011 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, Thormaehlen’s collection of centenarian close-ups became an award-winning exhibition, Jahrhundertmensch, as well as a book, Mit hundert hat man noch Träume or Happy at 100. Through Thormaehlen’s captivating portraiture combined with his subjects’ stories, readers of Happy at 100 can better imagine and empathize with how it feels to belong to a very narrow segment of the population – those who have reached 100 years or more.

For Not Another Second, Thormaehlen’s assignment was to explore yet another narrow segment of the population: LGBTQ+ seniors in the U.S. More abundant yet far less understood than centenarians, their stories have been hard to come by, until now. Inside the pages of Not Another Second, striking images captured by Thormaehlen introduce readers to a range of emotions commonly shared by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors. Through courage, conviction, sacrifice, love, and hard-won pride, they have transcended fear, discrimination, rejection, loneliness, and loss. Lost to them along the way have been families, friends, partners, income, health and, collectively, far too many years in hiding and uncertainty.

While their lost years cannot be regained, it is our hope that Thormaehlen’s portraits and the stories they illustrate will help seal a different fate for future generations, one in which not another second is lost.

"This is a very important project and it’s a very important job. I’m very honored to be asked. I think in our world nowadays, there’s a lack of humanity. I think people don’t care enough for each other. They don’t care for each other’s lives, you know, they don’t care for each other’s histories and the personal stories, and this is what we try to bring out, not only with the photograph but also with the interviews. Some of the people I photographed were hiding half of their lives or even longer … I think it’s important that people learn. Older people are good to listen to and to learn from. And this is what young people have to understand, because young people don’t have the life experience that a 70-, 80-year-old person has. That’s something you just cannot find clicking the internet. You need to see, and be, and share with these people, their stories."