Jeff Harris: 4,748 Self-Portraits and Counting

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“I see no reason to not make a self-portrait each day,” the photographer says. “I’m always around and always free. It’s kind of like going to the gym—it flexes your muscles and keeps you in shape.”

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  1. self portraits, thousands of times
    such creativity and ingenuity
    no one has ever done this before


    • Everything has been done before. Worrying about that is a good way to accomplish nothing.

      • fotog, having just watched the video, I have to hope at best that you did not actually bother to watch it, and you are just expressing a flippant, pre-formed opinion.

        At worst, if you have watched it and this is your opinion, then your comments to do not reflect well on you.

  2. Amazing when that sort of project captures something so graphic and life changing. So many cancer patients suddenly feel moved to write or shoot their experiences, but here’s a guy who already had the camera running. It’s like setting up a tripod at the same intersection for ten years and one day capturing a traffic accident.

  3. Magical, wonderful, inspiring…..
    makes me wonder what my portrait will portray today!
    Keep wandering, exploring, dreaming, jumping and shooting.

  4. More than the pictures, I think what is significant is how this project has changed Jeff’s life. It was forced him to literally ‘seize the day’, he cannot procrastinate and put things off until tomorrow, because he has to take a new, creative image very day, and that means he has to do something new and creative every day.

    If you asked Jeff what he did on say, December 17th, he could tell you. How many of us could do the same?

  5. I enjoy the variety of the portraits which is usually lost on what other photographers have done.

  6. Awesome and inspiring.
    I may or may not have gotten a little choked up, watching this.
    Plus I now know how utterly stupid my excuses are for not going out and taking pictures when I’m not on a job. I think the last one was: “It’s too cold out.” Lame.
    Thanks for posting, Rob.

  7. Great way to document your own life. I wish I would have has the wherewithal to document shattering my ankle through to the most recent surgery removing a 550mm (not quite 2-1/4) titanium screw that protruded a 1/2 inch from the bone. I’ll do it next time.

  8. Amazing! I am really impressed about the honesty of the pictures. Very inspiring and thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thanks Jeff for reminding me why photography should *always* be personal and never just “business.”

    I’m also intrigued as to how this whole project blurs the line between photography and art direction. How many of us are so confident we could hand our cameras to other people to take the photo and still have our voice show through. I say he’s done a bang-up job.

    If you’re ever in Seattle Jeff, I’d like to buy you a beer. (And if I may be so honored, to take your photo with your camera.)

  10. A few years ago I would have written how sad it was to watch your ingenious and beautifully sad video, and it really was and is but maybe it’s just me growing up in this terror of a beautiful world that showed me that nature doesn’t cry, it just keeps on being what it allways was … I know man, life is a bitch … so fu*k it as much as you can to get your money’s worth … don’t ever forget … it’s your life and your “money”.

    Keep’em coming and never give up!

    Greetings from Ljubljana