Every day between his thirty-fifth and thirty-sixth birthdays, photographer Byron Wolfe gave himself the task of making one new picture. The only rule he set was that each had to be original and compelling. This deceptively simple plan provided a chance for the busy photography professor to not only carve out time for his own work, but to document the world around him, in all its unexpected beauty and mundane detail. Perhaps the most surprising fact of all is how often the beautiful and the mundane turned out to be one and the same.
First published in hardcover by Chronicle Books (San Francisco) the project was awarded the esteemed Santa Fe CENTER Prize in Photography. The work was also selected as a finalist for the inaugural Honickman First Book Prize from Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies (judged by Robert Adams). PhotoEye cited this edition as one of the best e-books of 2012.
Byron Wolfe is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in photography. He teaches and practices photography in Northern California.
Everyday A Yearlong Photo Diary
I didn't think it would be possible for me to enjoy Everyday more in digital form than as a book, but I do. It is even more compelling and has a greater sense of being a diary, perhaps due in part to the fact that the iPad frames each photo and caption. The rest of the room/world seems less distracting as a result. I find myself noticing details in the photographs and nuances in the connections between images and words that I occasionally missed in the book. Remarkable!
This is such a lovely body of work by Byron Wolfe. With all of the ways in which technology allows us to document every aspect of our lives, Wolfe's year long personal narrative makes the viewer slow down and really recollect in how they might reflect on their own every day encounters. From mundane to historical dates--this year long series compiles all of these aspects. Along with his captions the reader is provided with snippets of Wolfe's life that are just vague enough for the reader to substitute their own narratives and thus relate to the series of work in a deeper level. These images are stunning, whimsical, and some even pull at your heartstrings.
I own two prints from this series! It's a great investment from a wonderful artist.
What a thoughtful and insightful collection. I really appreciated the honesty and the willingness to share those moments with us.