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A Man Shot Pictures Daily For 18 Years Until He Died And They're Heartbreaking

Jamie Livingston sadly is not with us today, but his intense project will always be remembered. He started this on March 31st, 1979 and continued until the day he died in 1997. The native New Yorker kept on clicking polaroid pictures every day for 18 years. Through which, he has shared every aspect of his life from family to friends, relationships to sex, and the streets of NYC.The collection of 6,000+ photographs is uploaded on his official website by two of his friends Betsy and Hugh, who promised to give him this gift and keep these pictures alive, forever. Jamie had cancer, and that too is well-documented in his pictures. From a scar in his brain to hair fall, he left no stone unturned to make sure these images are appreciated when he is gone.As you dive into the world of Jamie Livingston, keep the tissues handy.

March 31, 1979. The first picture of this project.

Meet Jamie Livingston, May 27, 1979.

It was taken when Jamie was still a student at Bard college in Annandale-on-Hudson.

June 1979.

March 31, 1980.

He took a lot of pictures in between, but this one stands-out. It was taken in New York on subway.

May 26, 1980. 

Jamie wasn't at all self-obsessed. He took the pictures of his friends as well.

June 1981.

Apart from being a filmmaker, and photographer, Jamie also used to participate in circus.

June 1, 1981.

Some of his pictures are more thoughtful.

Some of his pictures are downright low and random from 1981.

March 7, 1982. The intial beginning of virtual reality.

In April 1982

On New Year's Day, January 1, 1983.

April 1984, by this time Jamie already clicked more than 1500 pictures.

1985, we realize mirrors are one common thing in his pictures. 

1986, Jamie was a MET's fan.

December 12, 1986

Some of his pictures are incredibly intriguing.

March 30, 1988

On this day, he layed all his pictures out and they were thousdands of them.

Captured in 1989.

Apart from his other talent, Jamie was also an accordion player.

December 8, 1990, when Jamie got a bright idea.


1991, when he got all the baseball tickets to spend.

Though Jamie has appeared in a lot of pictures, he is rarely seen smiling. March 13, 1994.

November 8, 1995

January 2, 1996

Sometimes it's not clear who is behind the camera.

April 25, 1997 photo shows Jamie partying.

May 1997, when he was first diagnosed with cancer.