16.01.12 by Jeff

4,748 Self-Portraits and Counting by Jeff Harris

4,748 Self-Portraits and Counting by Jeff Harris

Jeff Harris has taken a self-portrait everyday for the past 12 years. Now I have to admit when I first saw heard about this project I dismissed it as there are a lot of these projects going on, but when I finally got around to watching this video I was floored. The photos document his battle with cancer, the loss of use of his leg, run-ins with celebrities (where he has them take his portrait), all the incredible highs and lows of his life.

Watch the video below!

Warning: there is an explicit photo or two in the context of an operating room. Just had a little feedback on Facebook and thought I’d give a little heads up.

jeffharris.org





  • Peter Alb

    that made me cry

  • http://www.flickr.com/duncancoulter duncan coulter

    what an incredible man

  • http://mc-mc-mc.blogspot.com/ MC

    omg I wasn’t prepared to see this! Great photos

  • http://www.hookandlinemag.com keba

    wow this is great

  • http://joshsender.com Josh

    This is fantastic and terrifying

  • Laura

    Wow! this is an amazing story.

  • http://www.jordan-domont.com Jordan Domont

    That was the most moving piece of film, I have seen in a while. So touching, and honest. Thank you for sharing this.

  • http://www.flickr.com/kristyclark Kristy

    this is insane, amazing images!

  • http://imbeetlebailey.blogspot.com Bailey Tann

    This warmed my heart. What an amazing project and journey for this man.

  • Bryan

    absolutely phenomenal, so beautiful and moving!
    life really is amazing.

  • Morgan

    That is so awesome.

    also, it’s kinda like my resolution. a roll of film every week this year!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      good resolution!

  • Rhodna

    Affecting in the best possible ways.

    • lapetitefaon

      precisely the words I was looking for, and not to mention the photos are absolutely stunning

  • Sam

    Absolutely beautiful. I’m going to start making the most of 5 minutes of my life every day.

  • VIC

    That’s was eye opening and inspirational. There’s something about it that makes me want to re-evaluate what my own art can mean. THANKYOU

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  • Gillian

    I can imagine vividly those moments, or even hours, it must take some days to force yourself to just get up out of bed and focus on the front door and the camera. For all that, the pictures show an exuberance and determination that makes the simplest tableaux the more breathtaking. I’m very grateful that I got to see this and I’ll think about it as I pull the pillow off my face. :)

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  • http://nailpolishnp.blogspot.com/ Lotte

    Woah! Amazing O.o

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  • http://greyhoundface.blogspot.com xallxsewnxupx

    super inspiring. i love how he says of a month’s worth of self portraits, 5 will be good and 25 will be crap. it’s a hard lesson to learn but a good one. this guy is on the next level with willpower, i’m sure there would be days when i as a totally healthy person wouldn’t take 5 minutes from my day to do something like this, and he’s doing it while enduring the shittiest thing there is for a human being to go through. mad props.

  • http://arianagillrie.com Ariana

    such an interesting series… really shows how you never know what your project can grow to become, or where it will take/follow you as an artist.

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  • talkingtojosh

    did not expect the turn of events in the last leg of that video. really inspired me to get out and do what i want.