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Jamie Livingston - A 365x19 series you MUST see!

Photo by Jamie Livingston


There's a lot of 365 series on Flickr, but as far as I know there's only one 365 series that goes on for 19 years--by the late Jamie Livingston.


Livingston was a video artist and musician who took a single Polaroid a day from 1979 until his death in 1997. The picture above shows the series as of March 30, 1986.


To look through these images one by one is to have an unparalled artistic and emotional experience. If you are a student of photography and/or of life, you MUST see this exhibit.


If you go searching around you'll find blogs and news articles which discuss the site, but I'm not sure any of the writers took the innumerable hours to look through every photo (it took me 3 months to get through). The subtleties of life's dynamics hit you right in the face, from the progression of his career to how his friends changes when he got new girlfriends to his obsession with the New York Mets and circuses to the changes in New York City over the period to the emergence and path of his illness. One also experiences a truly artistic photographer, with all the ups and downs of quality that we see in each others photostreams, except writ over 19 years. But make no mistake--these shots were not about creating photographic art--they are about documenting everyday life.


The photos over the last year will break your heart, and one in particular I find one the most moving I have seen in my life.


I wish I could have met Jamie. The two specific musical references that show up the most (not that often) are to Frank Zappa and the Residents--anyone who would have them as faves is a person close to my artisitic soul...


(Thanks to Lake Li Sun for turning me onto this.)

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Taken on October 13, 2004