Everyday (video)

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Noah Takes a Photo of Himself Every Day for 6 Years (as titled on YouTube), or Everyday (as shown on the title card), is a viral video produced by New York photographer Noah Kalina. It features a fast montage of thousands of pictures of Kalina spanning a period of six years all played sequentially.


Kalina in February 2011

Kalina began taking a photo of himself every day starting on January 11, 2000, at age 19. The video Everyday shows the photos chronologically, six per second, with an original piano score by his ex-girlfriend Carly Comando.[1] Throughout the compilation, Kalina's face remains emotionless in the center of the frame. Kalina uploaded the video to Vimeo on August 8, 2006, and YouTube on August 27, 2006. Everyday was featured on an episode of VH1's Web Junk 20 and on commercials for Time Warner Cable's Roadrunner service. In a New York Times article, William A. Ewing, director of the Musée de l'Élysée, was quoted as saying, "Noah’s video represents a phenomenal amplification not just in what he produced and how he did it, but how many people the piece touched in such a short period of time. There is nothing comparable in the history of photography."[2] As of June 16, 2016, Everyday has over 26.4 million views on YouTube.[3]

Kalina had originally intended Everyday to be a photo project, but was encouraged to make a film after seeing a video by Ahree Lee, which consisted of time lapse portraits of the artist. He compiled his photographs into a video and released it on YouTube.[2][4]

In December 2006, because of the notoriety of Everyday, VH1 commissioned Kalina to take photographs of himself in the same pose used in Everyday, but alongside various celebrities, including Paris Hilton, Lance Bass, David Hasselhoff, Jenna Jameson, will.i.am, Flavor Flav, lonelygirl15 and "Weird Al" Yankovic. The photographs were taken backstage at the VH1 Big in '06 Awards. In the televised ceremony, several of the pictures were shown before and after commercial breaks.[4] Kalina also posted the photographs on Flickr.[5]

On July 16, 2012, Kalina announced an extension to his Everyday video on his website. The extended video, released to YouTube on September 4, shows 12 years, 5 months of his self-portraits with a run time of 7:41 (10 frames per second—1 month every 3 seconds).[6][7]

On January 14, 2020, Kalina released to YouTube "Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 20 years" showing 20 years of his self-portraits with a run time of 8:17 (15 frames per second—1 month every 2 seconds).[8]

Noah Kalina[edit]

Kalina, born July 4, 1980, lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.[2] He grew up in Centerport, New York, and attended Harborfields High School. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts.

In popular culture[edit]

The Simpsons episode "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" includes an adaptation of Kalina's video;[9] in that scene, 39 years of Homer Simpson's life flash before him with the same musical score playing in the background.

Family Guy has also done a parody of the video; Peter takes a picture of himself every day in the same fashion as Noah, except it is set to the song "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) used the piano version of this video during the "Where Amazing Happens" ad campaign from 2007 to 2012.


  1. ^ Carlson, Jen (9 January 2008). "Noah Kalina, Photographer". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2012. That video, called "everyday," was scored to original music by his ex-girlfriend Carly Comando
  2. ^ a b c Schneider, Keith (2007-03-18). "Look at Me, World! Self-Portraits Morph Into Internet Movies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  3. ^ Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years. YouTube. 27 August 2006.
  4. ^ a b Kelly, Liz (2006-12-22). "He Oughta Be in Pictures". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  5. ^ "Flickr". flickr.com.[dead link]
  6. ^ http://blog.noahkalina.com/post/27336168930/everyday-grid-4514-photos-jan-11-2000-june-30
  7. ^ Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 12.5 years. YouTube. 4 September 2012.
  8. ^ Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 20 years. YouTube. 14 January 2020.
  9. ^ Morgan, Spencer (December 18, 2007). "D'oh-tube! Internet Sensation Scores Big Simpsons Moment". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on March 28, 2008.

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