He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died

There have been many incredible stories of people photographing images throughout their lives and capturing the past for all to view.  One such man, Jamie Livingston, had been doing just that for 18 years when he passed away.  He started his project in 1979 and continued until his death in 1997.  His  camera was a Polaroid SX-70 that he used to capture his daily life including those of family, friends, and everyday life on the streets of New York.  He started the project as a college student in New York City and managed to tell incredible stories that are now set in time.

Later on, he documented his battle with cancer in 1997.  His photographs included his scar from brain surgery, the progression of his hair falling out, and the engagement ring he gave to his girlfriend just before passing away in October 1997.  His amazing project consists of well over 6,000 pictures that created an entire profile of his life.

Please scroll through and view this amazing collection.  Some of the pictures included were taken the day he left us, by Betsy Reid and Hugh Crawford who were close friends of Jamie.  They gave him their word that his project would continue after his death.  Though some photos are tough to look at, check out the entire collection because that was his wish!

More info: Jamie Livingston: Some photos of that day

June 15, 1979: Self-portrait of Jamie Livingston

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March 31, 1979: First photo of the project. He eventually took over 6,000

May 27, 1979: Jamie was a student at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson

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March 31, 1980: Many pictures were taken in New York. This one was taken on the subway

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May 26, 1980: He also liked to take pictures of his friends

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August 11, 1980:

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June 13, 1981: As well as a film maker and photographer, Jamie was also a circus performer

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December 6, 1980: There is no particular theme to his pictures. Some of them are abstract

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June 1, 1981: Some are more thoughtful

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July 26, 1981: And some are downright random

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March 7, 1982: Early virtual reality?

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April 11, 1982:

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April 19, 1982:

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July 18, 1982: He took a trip to Europe in the summer of 1982

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July 22, 1982: This picture was taken in France

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November 14, 1982:

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January 1, 1983: New Year’s Day

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January 21, 1983: This is Jamie at work.  He was a cinematographer and music video editor back in the early days of MTV

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April 3, 1984: By this time Jamie would have had over 1,500 pictures

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May 5, 1984:

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August 3, 1984:

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May 8, 1985: Mirrors are a common theme in his photographs

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