A Polaroid A Day for 6,000 Days [18 years!]

NYC Photographer Jamie Livingston shot a Polaroid photo everyday for 6,000 days, or, roughly, 18 years. The first shot was of his girlfriend at the time on March 13, 1979.

His last photo was on his deathbed, dying of cancer on October 25, 1997.

And so I ask you, how strong is YOUR commitment to a creative life?
Enough said.

Here’s the site where most of the images are scanned in…

[Thanks Lee.(via this…)]

46 Responses to A Polaroid A Day for 6,000 Days [18 years!]

  1. David lee December 9, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Oh my goodness this is and could be any one of us we just don’t know yet!

  2. Gary Young December 9, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Wow this is powerful in a strange kind of way. To be that committed to something for that long is just amazing and to take a photo on your death bed is just that much more powerful. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Depressing December 9, 2011 at 11:30 am #


  4. jose element December 9, 2011 at 11:55 am #


  5. Luis Bertos December 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    He demonstrated his enthusiasm for life. Surely he intended to finish with his death. Unfortunately the project was probably shorter than he expected. The feelings and art always go together hand in hand

  6. Mervan Ayberk December 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm #


    Wish the story didnt end that way.. Life has many sad elements in it.. These are the kind of strong artists that have the courage to portray such sadness which helps others to remember what life is all about and while we have the chance, we should make the most of our good, happy and healthy times with our loved ones.

  7. Coop December 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Powerful reminder…

  8. Lee Jonathon December 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    More than commitment, Jamie’s passion is unquestionable!
    Truly inspirational for most of us who become lost in the daily grind.

  9. Mike Russell December 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Yeah, I stumbled across that a few months ago. Powerful!

  10. Jonathan Davis December 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    I think that this is very remarkable that someone was so dedicated to taking pictures every day for 6,000 days. I am curious to anyone that reads this blog if they have done any project such as 365 or 52 weeks. I have always wanted to try something of the sort but often times have such high expectations of myself.

  11. Pamela December 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    WOW, I love this but I always start something then my head wanders off and I forget about the first project. I have about 100 in my head at any one time #needtostopprocrastinating!

  12. Aperture Presets December 9, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    I would have to set a reminder everyday on my phone and as soon as it went off snap a shot with the phone that was already in my hand .. who am I kidding I would probably turn the reminder off within a few days or the first time it went off in the middle of a shoot. 6000 days is amazing

  13. Praveen December 10, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Incredibly Powerful

  14. DanielKphoto December 10, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Wow, that was one very cool guy. Didn’t deserve to die that way, may he rest in peace.

  15. Rahim December 10, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Incredible. It reminds me of the hip-hop producer J.Dilla dying of lupus completing an album on his death bed. It’s not the product thats the passion its the allowing the art to flow through you that is LIFE…

  16. Mikeyiso December 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Wow. He took his first photo in 1979, and his last in 1997. Just the last to two digits reversed. Interesting.

  17. Vinoth Varatharajan December 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    My wife left me with my daughter. Divorced. Carbon copy of Zack Arias. Nuff’ said.

  18. Mike Collister December 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Jamie’s consistent and long term dedication to this project is inspirational, I am sure he would have been proud of this work. He began taking his polaroids the year I was born – I enjoyed seeing my time through anthers perspective.

  19. John Barwood December 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Still getting my head around this…..thought provoking

  20. Eric Calabros December 11, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    such creative creature cant die. nobody dies. we just jump to another level of living.
    see you there Jamie

  21. John December 12, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    Determination to art and creativity no matter whats the situation.

  22. Belinda McCarthy December 12, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    Just wow. I’m amazed, impressed and also saddened by the last image, of course. What an incredible historical document to leave behind.

    I tried doing the ‘image a day’ thing a few years back and it was actually the creativity issue which got to me. Every image, every day had to be, as far as I was concerned, better than the day before, and it ends up being a rod for your own back that you can’t possibly live up to. If you approach it from a purely documentary angle then I’m sure it would be a whole lot easier, but unfortunately I got caught up in the pressure to keep on impressing myself. Not a good idea.

  23. Moritz December 12, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    i did it for a year on my iphone… somehow i was glad when it was over, looking for an opportunity every day was sometimes not easy but when it was over the first few weeks felt strange, going onto the underground without looking what could be the photo of the day or so on…

    guess after a while its an addiction


  24. Jai Catalano December 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    What a great beginning and ending photo for this project. I.N.S.P.I.R.A.T.I.O.N

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    And nowadays people think a “photo a day for a year” is incredibily long…

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