23 August 2008

Jamie Livingston's 1 photo a day to chronicle his life.

Extract from "Mental_Floss"

Yesterday I came across a slightly mysterious website - a collection of Polaroids, one per day, from March 31, 1979 through to October 25, 1997. There is no author listed, no contact info, and no other indication as to where these came from. So,naturally, I started looking through the photos. I was stunned by what I found.

My investigations turned up the photographer as Jamie Livingston, and he did indeed take a photo every day for eighteen years, until the day he died, using a Polaroid SX-70 camera. He calle the project "Photo of the Day" and presumably planned to collect them at somepoint - had he lived. He died on October 25, 1997 - his 41st Birthday.

After Livingston's death, his friends Hugh Crawford and Betsy Reid put together a public exhibit and website using the photos and called it PHOTO OF THE DAY 1979- 1997, 6,697 Poloaroids, dated in sequene. The physical exhibit opened in 2007 at the Bertelsmann Campus Centre at Bard College (where Livingston started the series, as a student, way back when) The exhibit included rephotographs of every Polaroid and took up a x 120 foot space.


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