Friday, October 8, 2010

Frozen in that Small White Box


Jamie Livingston took a Polaroid everyday for nearly 20 years.  The images chart his life at Bard college in 1979 to travelling, uneventful days, world changing moments and eventually life changing moments.  In October 1997 events take a twist and the photographer is seen in hospital.  Shortly after the images end.


Each of the Polaroids documents a moment in time, that day is frozen within that small white box.  These images remain a record of Livingston's life.  They document his friends, places he's visited, food he's eaten, happy days and sad days, the decline of his health, his marriage and finally his last stay in hospital.  All the while in only one image a day.




Livingston was determined to stick to his one image per day rule regardless of what might happen once the image had been taken.  Livingston and Hugh Crawford, who is responsible for putting the images online, 'once found themselves walking with circus elephants through the heart of New York, late at night.  Crawford turned to his friend and suggested this could be the picture of the day. "He was like, 'No, I took a picture of my lunch, it's already been taken.'"'




Johnny Dee writes on Guardian.co.uk about how he came across Jamie Livingston's Polaroids and into more detail from Livingston's friend Hugh Crawford.  Images sourced from PhotooftheDay.HughCrawford.com.
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