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

Author: Paulo Coelho

Today going through Digg I came upon a true story that surpasses all fiction – the story of an american filmmaker and musician Jamie Livingston that took a polaroid every day for 18 years, until the very day of his death.

I read the article by Chris Higgins for Mental Floss, here are some passages:

Yesterday I came across a slightly mysterious website “” a collection of Polaroids, one per day, from March 31, 1979 through October 25, 1997. There’s no author listed, no contact info, and no other indication as to where these came from. So, naturally, I started looking through the photos. I was stunned by what I found.

In 1979 the photos start casually, with pictures of friends, picnics, dinners, and so on. (…)

What started for me as an amusing collection of photos “” who takes photos every day for eighteen years? “” ended with a shock. Who was this man? How did his photos end up on the web? I went on a two-day hunt, examined the source code of the website, and tried various Google tricks.


To read the full article and see the polaroids, please go here.

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