He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died
Endurance is more important than truth.
— Charles Bukowski
mental_floss Blog � He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died Came across this article today on photographer Jamie Livingston. Livingston took a Polaroid photograph every day of his life from from 1979 until he died on his 41st birthday on October 25, 1997.
If he didn’t have a photo to take on a give day he’d often just photograph a note with that date on it. Especially moving are the photos towards the end of his life when he got cancer. These photos especially are hard to look at. They are intensely personal and painful — but they make you feel, and that’s always been the sign of the best photographers in my book, photographers that make you feel.
I’m always amazed at and admire people who show this level of commitment and compulsiveness to doing something like this. There are lots of of people who do 365 day type projects, but 18 years is a very long time. It’s stories like this that inspire me in my own obsessive compulsive goal to publish one million photographs online before I die.