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Noah Kalina ages 12 years in 8 minutes and 4,500 photos

The resulting video by the New York City photographer is a chilling display of aging and endurance.


Chase Hoffberger

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 4, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 11:42 am CDT

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New York City photographer Noah Kalina took his first headshot photo Jan. 11, 2000, and his last June 20, 2012. In between, he managed to snap a headshot of himself over 4,500 times.

The final result of his 12-year Everyday project is a chilling display of aging, endurance, and, as far as facial expressions are concerned, stagnation.

“Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 12.5 years” is the second installment in Kalina’s  Everyday project. In August 2006, he posted “Noah takes a photo of itself every day for 6 years,” a 2,356-picture video that has since been seen over 23 million times.

Then, famed photography author and exhibition curator William A. Ewing called the project “a phenomenal amplification not just in what he produced and how he did it, but how many people the piece touched in such a short period of time. There is nothing comparable in the history of photography.”

Until now, obviously.

Kalina, 31, has parlayed the success of Everyday into a few notable ventures and endeavors. He’s introduced a photo-a-day mobile app called Everyday for iPhone, and in 2007, he was fortunate enough to have his video parodied in an episode of The Simpsons.  

Kalina has not made any explicit mention of Everyday’s future, though his YouTube post does call the project “A Work in Progress.”

Photo via YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 4, 2012, 3:28 pm CDT