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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

May 26, 1980: He also liked to take pictures of his friends.
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August 11, 1980

August 11, 1980
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June 13, 1981: As well as a filmmaker and photographer, Jamie was also a circus performer.

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.

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.

June 1, 1981: Some are more thoughtful.
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July 26, 1981: And some are downright random.

July 26, 1981: And some are downright random.
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March 7, 1982: Early virtual reality?

March 7, 1982: Early virtual reality?
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April 11, 1982

April 11, 1982
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April 19, 1982

April 19, 1982
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July 18, 1982: He took a trip to Europe in the summer of 1982.

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.

July 22, 1982: This picture was taken in France.
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November 14, 1982

November 14, 1982
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January 1, 1983: New Year’s Day.

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.

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.

April 3, 1984: By this time Jamie would have had over 1,500 pictures.
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May 5, 1984

May 5, 1984
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August 3, 1984

August 3, 1984
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May 8, 1985: Mirrors are a common theme in his photographs.

May 8, 1985: Mirrors are a common theme in his photographs.
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June 27, 1985

June 27, 1985
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September 3, 1985

September 3, 1985
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March 13, 1986

March 13, 1986
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April 29, 1986: Jamie was a Mets fan. Here’s him buying tickets with a friend.

April 29, 1986: Jamie was a Mets fan. Here’s him buying tickets with a friend.
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August 9, 1986

August 9, 1986
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September 23, 1986: Some of his photographs feel incredibly intimate.

September 23, 1986: Some of his photographs feel incredibly intimate.
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December 12, 1986

December 12, 1986
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December 27, 1986

December 27, 1986
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March 30, 1988: He lays all out his photographs. By now he has thousands of them.

March 30, 1988: He lays all out his photographs. By now he has thousands of them.
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June 7, 1988

June 7, 1988
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January 30, 1989

January 30, 1989
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July 2, 1989: As well as his many other talents, Jamie was also an accordion player.

July 2, 1989: As well as his many other talents, Jamie was also an accordion player.
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July 7, 1990

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

December 7, 1990: Goofing around while shopping for Christmas trees.
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December 8, 1990: Somebody having a bright idea.

December 8, 1990: Somebody having a bright idea.
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March 5, 1991

March 5, 1991
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April 9, 1991: Baseball tickets.

April 9, 1991: Baseball tickets.
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March 13, 1994: Although Jamie appears in many pictures, he’s rarely seen smiling.

March 13, 1994: Although Jamie appears in many pictures, he’s rarely seen smiling.
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March 28, 1994

March 28, 1994
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November 8, 1995:

November 8, 1995:
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January 2, 1996: Sometimes it’s not clear exactly who is behind the camera.

January 2, 1996: Sometimes it’s not clear exactly who is behind the camera.
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June 26, 1996: The Twin Towers.

June 26, 1996: The Twin Towers.
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December 5, 1996

December 5, 1996
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February 7, 1997: Star Wars, re-released in cinemas for its 20th anniversary.

February 7, 1997: Star Wars, re-released in cinemas for its 20th anniversary.
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February 13, 1997: Passed out in bed.

February 13, 1997: Passed out in bed.
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April 25, 1997

April 25, 1997
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May 2, 1997: Jamie’s health begins to deteriorate in May 1997. He is diagnosed with cancer.

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.

May 4, 1997: He has to have surgery, as seen by this scar on his head.
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May 8, 1997

May 8, 1997
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June 2, 1997: Self-portrait.

June 2, 1997: Self-portrait.
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June 24, 1997: Medication becomes a regular part of his life.

June 24, 1997: Medication becomes a regular part of his life.
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July 19, 1997

July 19, 1997
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July 29, 1997: Jamie’s chemotherapy causes him to lose his hair.

July 29, 1997: Jamie’s chemotherapy causes him to lose his hair.
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August 13, 1997

August 13, 1997
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August 20, 1997: Friends visit him in hospital.

August 20, 1997: Friends visit him in hospital.
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August 21, 1997

August 21, 1997
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September 11, 1997: His hair slowly starts to grow back.

September 11, 1997: His hair slowly starts to grow back.
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September 29, 1997: But Jamie is still seriously ill.

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.

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.

October 7, 1997: Jamie and his wife on their wedding day.
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October 10, 1997

October 10, 1997
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October 20, 1997: Not long after his wedding, Jamie’s health gets worse.

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.

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.

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