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Jamie Livingston – Photo of the Day May 26, 2008

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I was Stumbling (StumbleUpon) and found MentalFloss’s post about pics that he had found, and the research he had done. This is a very touching story and an awesome way for others to know more about Jamie.

Here is a little excerpt from MentalFloss:

What started for me as an amusing collection of photos — who takes photos every day for eighteen years? — ended with a shock. Who was this man? How did his photos end up on the web? I went on a two-day hunt, examined the source code of the website, and tried various Google tricks.

Finally my investigation 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 called the project “Photo of the Day” and presumably planned to collect them at some point — had he lived. He died on October 25, 1997 — his 41st birthday.

And, in Reply to MentalFloss, Hugh Crawford (Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn: Jamie Livingston) a friend of Jaime’s this was written:

Yesterday because of the intense volume of traffic to Jamie Livingston’s Photo-of-the-Day site, the site crashed.

Hugh worked on it all day and night and it seems to be up and running. I hope it stays that way. “The site is barely able to deal with the number of people right now. Please be patient. If you experience a problem, just try again later.”

Jamie Livingston (1956-1997) took a Polaroid every day for 18 years, including the day he died in 1997.

He was an amazing artist who’s project seems to have captured the hearts of tens of thousands of people on the Internet.

I highly recommend that you visit this site, if for no other reason, just to see and share moments of another persons life, with all the joy and sadness we all encounter. I am hoping with my little snippet here, that it will help build the curiosity and the views to the website (only to allow others to share a moment of time).

There is also a YouTube video of some of the photos, which is an awesome representation.