Aging in America

photographs by Ed Kashi

text by Julie Winokur









"These images are strikingly original.  Ed Kashi's restless eye is well served by his finely honed ability to frame the elements exactly where he wants them. His vision is unsparing and tender at the same time."

-Kathy Ryan, Photo Editor, The New York Times

Fall 2003

powerHouse Books

Hardcover and paperback




Years Ahead is a visual topography of the world of aging. Over the past six years, Kashi and Winokur have traveled across the country, meeting up with scores of individuals  whose mini-histories, when taken collectively, suggest a much greater epic: the story of growing old in America.  From geriatric wards in prisons to elder Olympiads, from full-time RVers to home-based primary care, this work explores the unprecedented opportunities as well as the surmounting demands of an aging population.

Stories from this series have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The London Sunday Times, and Modern Maturity, among others. It is currently featured on ( and has been recognized by universities and professional organizations across the country for its powerful and insightful portrayal of the aging process. Years Ahead is supported, in part, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the California Endowment. It has won numerous photographic awards including Pictures of the Year and the World Press.

Award-winning photographer Ed Kashi shoots frequently for National  Geographic Magazine and has published two books, The Protestants: No Surrender and When Borders Bleed: The Struggle of the Kurds. Julie Winokur's stories have appeared in numerous national magazines. Her last book was We the Media: A Citizen's Guide to Fighting for Media Democracy (New Press).


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