Photographer Jamie Livingston Depicts His Final Years in Polaroids

By: Anthony Edward Geremia - Jan 16, 2013
References: photooftheday.hughcrawford & petapixel
The "take one photo a day for a year" concept is hardly a new one, but photographer Jamie Livingston showed true dedication for far longer than the average person before it even became a trend. He took daily photos for eighteen years before his death. Initially put up as an art exhibit, the entire series has now become available in an online archive compiled by his friends.

Over 6,000 Polaroids were taken daily by Livingston from March 31st, 1971, to October 25th, 1997, the day of his death from a brain tumor. There's no real theme to the images, merely snapshots of friends, family, and life.

What's remarkable about this series of photos is that for eighteen years, Livingston was doing this before it became a trend, for longer than anyone else seems to have kept with it, and, touchingly, continued up until his final days.