6,000 Polaroids, One Day at A Time

Photographer Jamie Livingston took a Polaroid once a day, every day for 18 years from March 31, 1979 to the day he died, October 25, 1997. The resulting collection of 6,000 photographs were organized in suitcases and wooden fruit crates until his friends Hugh Crawford and Betsy Reid scanned, digitized and cataloged all of the images.

The idea of taking a photo a day of yourself or things in your life is one that we’ve seen a lot of. But we’ve never seen one executed so consistently or with such purpose.

Photographer Jamie Livingston took a Polaroid once a day, every day for 18 years from March 31, 1979 to the day he died, October 25, 1997. The resulting collection of 6,000 photographs were organized in suitcases and wooden fruit crates until his friends Hugh Crawford and Betsy Reid scanned, digitized and cataloged all of the images.

Friends of Jamie, a group led by his widow Linda Schaeffer, raised funds to have the photos digitally re-printed on 80 panels. They went on display at Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson last fall.

Every single photo is now cataloged on a website, click here to take a look.

—Kathleen Davis
Assistant Editor

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