You probably remember the Jamie Livingston Project, the ultimate "PAD" (picture a day) project...possibly in all of the history of photography. Jamie Livingston took a Polaroid SX-70 photo every day of his life starting in 1979 during his last two months at Bard College, and ending at his death on his 41st birthday.
In a true labor of love and as a great devotion to the memory of their friendship, Jamie's great good friend (and ours), Hugh Crawford, who has been a part of the TOP Commentariat for years, had the pictures published as a book. That's right, all 6,754 of them. The project was right at the outer edge of what the printer could accommodate, and the book is formidable: it's 780 pages, 12x15x3 inches, and it weighs 11 pounds.
Let's just say you're not going to ingest it all in one sitting.
And if you can't go for the big kahuna, there is an elegant little sample book that includes a number of Jamie's photographs that include the Twin Towers of the now-perished World Trade Center. It's tiny, slight, and much cheaper, so you can have a sample without having to deal with the 11-pounder.
The big book is $150 list, $125 on Amazon, and $95 for Hugh's friends, and you can have it for even less. As he writes:
Totally bananas and off-topic: According to USA today, which listed the top misspelled words by State in its coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, 'bananas' is the most misspelled word in New Mexico, but the most misspelled word in Wisconsin is 'Wisconsin.'
So the secret coupon code for TOP readers is 'top hat,' because who can remember how to spell bananas anyway?
TOP readers get 10 dollars off of each copy of Some Photos of That Day: 6754 Polaroids Dated in Sequence and an additional 10 dollars goes to Mike's Regrettable Weather Re-Wiring Recompensatory Wishlist, or the more easily remembered MRWRWRW.
The books are also available on Amazon at higher prices for people who insist on buying on Amazon but there is no advantage that I can think of.
This is not a project for the faint of heart, on any level (now the race is to see if Hugh can break even), but it's really unique in the history of the medium. Quixotic, yes, but I think it's a project worth supporting. One of photography's true epics....
(Thanks to Hugh)
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ALP0A: "I'm so delighted to see this. I've been a reader here for several years now Mike, but I must confess I've never left a comment. I think it was a comment by Hugh on here himself which led me to Jamie's story several years ago and in turn inspired me to begin my own daily recording. I went through a bad divorce and wasn't getting regular contact with my children and this was a way of nulling the pain, forcing me outside but also leaving a record so my children could see who I really was. Thankfully I'm now in daily contact with them and they are growing up wonderfully and also love the original story. I've just ordered my copy and look forward to receiving it. I promise to try and comment more now. I do love this site. David."