“On October 22, 2002, at
00:01 hours, a team of 125 of the world’s greatest civilian and
military photographers will be poised at 125 locations around the globe
to launch…A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces.”
For three decades now (beginning with Life magazine’s special issue “One Day in the Life of America” in 1974), photojournalists, with an abundance of film and fanfare, have been dispatched across a common swath of real estate to cover a common theme. Ringmasters Rick Smolan and David Cohen, either in tandem or in twain, have helped navigate many of these photo safaris—part class reunion for shooters and editors, part multi-media extravaganza, part bumper crop for publisher HarperCollins. (In the interest of full disclosure, I must say here that on occasion I have leant my services as an editor. I confess, as well, to having spearheaded photographic team efforts that smacked of a similar, and unapologetically lofty, sense of mission.)
Recently, however, there seems to be a proliferation of such expeditions. In the course of two days last month, I received announcements about two new ventures--A Day in the Life of Africa and A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces--along with an invitation to the Washington D.C. exhibit Photo du Jour: A Picture-A-Day Journey Through the First Year of the New Millennium (showcasing the impressively executed 365-day experiment by photographer David Hume Kennerly.) Then an e-mail came my way from photo-project-mayven Matthew Naythons: Would I like to serve as one of the picture editors on the Armed Forces shoot? The very next day, I was taken aback while browsing the Net, only to come across a list of comparable projects, all rather far along in the planning and fund-raising stages.
As a public service, I thought it prudent to share this working roster with the readers of The Digital Journalist.
A NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF INSOMNIACS
24 HOURS IN THE LIFE OF A PASTA SALAD
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF EVERY PERSON WITH HIS OR HER OWN 24/7 WEB-CAM OR REALITY-TV SHOW
15 MINUTES IN THE LIFE OF PRO BASKETBALL
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF GUYS NAMED SAL OR SOL
LOX AROUND THE CLOCK
360 DEGREES AND NO ESCAPE!
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