Letters from Utopia.
Photographs by Daan Paans.
The Eriskay Connection, 2013. 160 pp., illustrated throughout, 6x7½".
For the book Letters from Utopia photographer Daan Paans went looking for people who want to extend the human lifespan extremely or even aim to become immortal. He examined five different movements and their protagonists who seek a utopian world order. In five chapters he shows stories that range from an occult belief from the past to a scientific outlook for the future. Overcoming ones (own) mortality, aiming for infinite life, fascinates man since immemorial times. The physical immortality in this case. Because when we leave aside the particular religious assumption of an 'afterlife’, a fascinating area remains in which a variety of ways to extend life is considered and experimented with. It is here where Paans’ fascination starts.
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