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24 hours. 24 photographers. 24 images. 24 years.

I thought you might be interested to hear about this amazing photographic project I stumbled upon. The idea is simple in concept: 24 photographers (all post-grads from Central Saint Martins College of Art) set out to document the first 24 hours of each new year for 24 years – in just 24 images.

Eyrie by Guy Bell

They’ve covered the first 8 years already so only… (removes shoes and socks to calculate)… 16 more New Years to go. Here’s the story in their own words:

24:2011 – A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square

As the sun sets on Berkeley Square we can’t guarantee a nightingale singing, but there will be magic in the air as 24:2011 celebrates the milestone of reaching its eighth year. One third of the way through the ambitious project that will not be complete until the next decade and we’re still going strong – creating a social commentary that will last for generations.

The idea is simple: 24 photographers, documenting the first 24 hours of every New Year for 24 years.

Each individual is tasked with capturing a single moment within their allotted hour, creating a unique collection of images linked only by time. The original 24 photographers met while studying on a postgraduate photography course at Central St Martin’s in London. This year we take a candid look at New Year’s Day.

24 hours. 24 photographers. 24 images. 24 years.

– What a great concept! Part of me wonders what would happen if, god forbid, something should happen to one of the participants before the project is completed – after all, 24 years is a long time, even for young student-types.

The resulting images are now on show in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London. The show began – you guessed it – on the 24th of February. It runs until 19th March.

Liminal Space by Sarah Lucy Brown

And to top it all, the resulting images are fantastic, and must ultimately reflect not only the changing styles of the photographers but also changes in their their own lives and a constantly evolving society.

Say Cheese by Enrico Vietti

This project has inspired me to finally kick-start a long-imagined project that I’ve been mulling over for over a decade. Good luck to the 24Photography project – it has to beat watching Jools Holland’s blimming Hootenanny every year.

http://www.24photography.org/index.html

http://www.sarahlucybrown.com

http://www.gbphotos.com

http://web.me.com/enrico.vietti

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One response

  1. Beautiful.

    February 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm

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