Jamie Livingston start this polaroid project on March 31st 1979. He decided to take a picture every day with his Polaroid SX-70 Camera. He continued this project for 18 years until the day he died in 1997.

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Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
June 15, 1979: Self-portrait of Jamie Livingston

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
March 31, 1979: First photo of the project. He eventually took over 6,000

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
May 27, 1979: Jamie was a student at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
March 31, 1980: Many pictures were taken in New York. This one was taken on the subway

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
May 26, 1980: He also liked to take pictures of his friends

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
August 11, 1980

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
June 13, 1981: As well as a film maker and photographer, Jamie was also a circus performer

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
December 6, 1980: There is no particular theme to his pictures. Some of them are abstract

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
June 1, 1981: Some are more thoughtful

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
July 26, 1981: And some are downright random

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
March 7, 1982: Early virtual reality?

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
April 11, 1982

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
April 19, 1982

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
July 18, 1982: He took a trip to Europe in the summer of 1982

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
July 22, 1982: This picture was taken in France

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
November 14, 1982

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
January 1, 1983: New Year’s Day

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
January 21, 1983: This is Jamie at work. He was a cinematographer and music video editor back in the early days of MTV

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
April 3, 1984: By this time Jamie would have had over 1,500 pictures

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
May 5, 1984

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
August 3, 1984

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
May 8, 1985: Mirrors are a common theme in his photographs

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
June 27, 1985

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
September 3, 1985

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
March 13, 1986

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
April 29, 1986: Jamie was a Mets fan. Here’s him buying tickets with a friend

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
August 9, 1986

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
September 23, 1986: Some of his photographs feel incredibly intimate

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
December 12, 1986

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
December 27, 1986

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
March 30, 1988: He lays all out his photographs. By now he has thousands of them

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
June 7, 1988

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
January 30, 1989

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
July 2, 1989: As well as his many other talents, Jamie was also an accordion player

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
July 7, 1990

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
December 7, 1990: Goofing around while shopping for Christmas trees

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
December 8, 1990: Somebody having a bright idea

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
March 5, 1991

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
April 9, 1991: Baseball tickets

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
March 13, 1994: Although Jamie appears in many pictures, he’s rarely seen smiling


March 28, 1994

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
November 8, 1995

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
January 2, 1996: Sometimes it’s not clear who exactly is behind the camera

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
June 26, 1996: The Twin Towers

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
December 5, 1996

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
February 7, 1997: Star Wars, re-released in cinemas for its 20th anniversary

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
February 13, 1997: Passed out in bed

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
April 25, 1997

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
May 2, 1997: Jamie’s health begins to deteriorate in May 1997. He is diagnosed with cancer

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
May 4, 1997: He has to have surgery, as seen by this scar on his head

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
May 8, 1997

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
June 2, 1997: Self-portrait

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
June 24, 1997: Medication becomes a regular part of his life

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
July 19, 1997

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
July 29, 1997: Jamie’s chemotherapy causes him to lose his hair

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
August 13, 1997

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
August 20, 1997: Friends visit him in hospital

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
August 21, 1997

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
September 11, 1997: His hair slowly starts to grow back

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
September 29, 1997: But Jamie is still seriously ill

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
October 5, 1997: He decides to propose to his girlfriend. You can see her in the background

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
October 7, 1997: Jamie and his wife on their wedding day

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
October 10, 1997

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
October 20, 1997: Not long after his wedding, Jamie’s health gets worse

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
October 24, 1997: A friend plays music for him in the hospital

Jamie Livingston From America Took A Polaroid Every Day For 18 Years Until The Day He Died
October 25, 1997: Jamie’s final picture. He died on his 41st birthday

 

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