The Heartbreaking Story Of A Cancer Patient Who Took A Polaroid Every Day Until The Day He Died

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Jamie Livingston was a New York-based photographer, filmmaker, and circus performer who died of cancer at the age of 41 in 1997. Between March 31, 1979, and October 25, 1997, the day of his death, he took a picture nearly every day with a Polaroid camera. Livingston's Polaroid a Day photographic diary started at Bard College, and later was turned into an exhibit called Photo of the Day. We’ve come across this heartbreakingly beautiful story on Bored Panda, and here are some of the most intimate shots of Jamie.

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June 15, 1979: Self-portrait of Jamie Livingston.

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March 31, 1979: First photo of the project. He eventually took over 6,000.

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May 27, 1979: Jamie was a student at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson.

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March 31, 1980: Many pictures were taken in New York City. This one was taken on the subway.

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May 26, 1980: He also liked to take pictures of his friends.

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August 11, 1980

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June 13, 1981: As well as a filmmaker and photographer, Jamie was also a circus performer.

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December 6, 1980: There is no particular theme to his pictures. Some of them are abstract.

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June 1, 1981: Some are more thoughtful.

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July 26, 1981: And some are downright random.

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March 7, 1982: Early virtual reality?

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April 11, 1982

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April 19, 1982

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July 18, 1982: He took a trip to Europe in the summer of 1982.

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July 22, 1982: This picture was taken in France.

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November 14, 1982

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January 1, 1983: New Year’s Day.

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January 21, 1983: This is Jamie at work. He was a cinematographer and music video editor back in the early days of MTV.

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April 3, 1984: By this time Jamie would have had over 1,500 pictures.

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May 5, 1984

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August 3, 1984

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May 8, 1985: Mirrors are a common theme in his photographs.

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June 27, 1985

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September 3, 1985

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March 13, 1986

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April 29, 1986: Jamie was a Mets fan. Here’s him buying tickets with a friend.

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August 9, 1986

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September 23, 1986: Some of his photographs feel incredibly intimate.

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December 12, 1986

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December 27, 1986

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March 30, 1988: He lays all out his photographs. By now he has thousands of them.

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June 7, 1988

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January 30, 1989

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July 2, 1989: As well as his many other talents, Jamie was also an accordion player.

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July 7, 1990

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December 7, 1990: Goofing around while shopping for Christmas trees.

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December 8, 1990: Somebody having a bright idea.

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March 5, 1991

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April 9, 1991: Baseball tickets.

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March 13, 1994: Although Jamie appears in many pictures, he’s rarely seen smiling.

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March 28, 1994

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November 8, 1995:

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January 2, 1996: Sometimes it’s not clear exactly who is behind the camera.

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June 26, 1996: The Twin Towers.

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December 5, 1996

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February 7, 1997: Star Wars, re-released in cinemas for its 20th anniversary.

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February 13, 1997: Passed out in bed.

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April 25, 1997

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May 2, 1997: Jamie’s health begins to deteriorate in May 1997. He is diagnosed with cancer.

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May 4, 1997: He has to have surgery, as seen by this scar on his head.

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May 8, 1997

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June 2, 1997: Self-portrait.

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June 24, 1997: Medication becomes a regular part of his life.

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July 19, 1997

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July 29, 1997: Jamie’s chemotherapy causes him to lose his hair.

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August 13, 1997

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August 20, 1997: Friends visit him in hospital.

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August 21, 1997

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September 11, 1997: His hair slowly starts to grow back.

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September 29, 1997: But Jamie is still seriously ill.

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October 5, 1997: He decides to propose to his girlfriend. You can see her in the background.

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October 7, 1997: Jamie and his wife on their wedding day.

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October 10, 1997

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October 20, 1997: Not long after his wedding, Jamie’s health gets worse.

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October 24, 1997: A friend plays music for him in the hospital.

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October 25, 1997: Jamie’s final picture. He died on his 41st birthday.

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