Photographer Makes an Image Every Day, Until the Day He Dies

Photographer Makes an Image Every Day, Until the Day He Dies

We've all seen "365" projects where people have made an image of something for an entire year. Some people have created even longer projects. Jamie Livingston, for example, started creating images every single day on March 31, 1979 with a Polaroid SX-70 camera. He didn't stop until the day he died.  What is remarkable about this project is not the act of making an image a day, nor the medium in which he chose to work. It's the story that is told through those thousands of images! Jamie managed to tell a compelling life story, one image at a time, that is complete with happiness and sadness as Jamie ultimately loses his battle with cancer.

I stumbled upon this amazing person/project via Chris Higgins over at Mental Floss. Chris did an amazing write up that I wouldn't dare try to improve upon, so make sure you check it out. Below is a brief synopsis:


The very first photograph from the project.


He was clearly a fan of music.


Documenting his struggle with Cancer.


On a personal note, this project really resonated with me, in so much as I hope to have as much passion for life and photography as Jamie did. I dare say that one of our (photographers) personal goals is to have our work live beyond ourselves and affect people in some way.  Jamie has done so with incredible passion.

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Trevor Dayley's picture

What an incredible way to tell the story of your life. His friends and family will cherish these photos.

This is absolutely wonderful. My heart goes out to this man.

Sorry to hear that the man died, but don't you think that date is significant to the story? How many years did he take these photos?

The link to the Mental Floss site gives the date in the first sentence. Pretty sloppy work, fstoppers.

Jason Hughes's picture

Yeah...I just looked at the whole thing and shed a manly tear. The approach was so candid and personal that especially in the last years it makes it hard to see him go. I don't even know the man, but it makes you feel so close to him.

This is absolutely incredible

Fritz John Asuro's picture

And now it's called Instagram.