Everyday (video)

Everyday is an ongoing art project by American photographer Noah Kalina that gained widespread attention when the first segment of the project, Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years also titled everyday, was released in 2006 and became a viral video.[1] The first everyday video features a fast montage of thousands of pictures of Kalina spanning a period of six years all played sequentially as a time lapse.[2] Subsequent releases have followed this format and viewers are able to watch Kalina age.

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StarringNoah Kalina
Music byCarly Comando
Release date
8 August 2006 (2006-08-08)
Running time
CountryUnited States

First release and responseEdit

6 YearsEdit

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 Kalina's former girlfriend Carly Comando.[3] 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.

Kalina had originally intended Everyday to be a photo project,[2] 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.[4][5]

As of 2013 the video had more than 25 million hits on YouTube.[6]

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."[4][2]

Everyday was featured on an episode of VH1's Web Junk 20 and on commercials for Time Warner Cable's Roadrunner service.[citation needed] The Simpsons episode "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" includes an adaptation of Kalina's video;[2][7] in that scene, 39 years of Homer Simpson's life flash before him while Comando's score for Everyday is playing. The National Basketball Association (NBA) used Comando's score for Everyday during the "Where Amazing Happens" ad campaign from 2007 to 2012.[8]

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.[5]

Subsequent releasesEdit

12 YearsEdit

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).[9][10]

20 YearsEdit

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).[11][12]

21 YearsEdit

In 2021 Kalina released the video "7777 Days" that shows him aging 21 years over the course of 2 minutes. For this video, data scientist, neuroscientist, and programmer Michael Notter used artificial intelligence to align and blend Kalina's face.[13][14][15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "LomoAmigo Noah Kalina Updates His Viral Everyday Video". Lomography. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 2021-11-24.
  2. ^ a b c d "How YouTube made superstars out of everyday people". The Guardian. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Photography: Exercises in vanity are finding new life". The Independent. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ NBA "Where Amazing Happens" commercial - YouTube
  9. ^ "Noah Kalina Takes a Photo of Himself Every Day for 12.5 Years". Laughing Squid. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  10. ^ "Noah Takes a Photo of Himself Every Day For 10,000 Years". www.vice.com. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  11. ^ "Photographer Noah Kalina Has Shot a Selfie Every Day for 20 Years Now". petapixel.com. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  12. ^ "Photographer Noah Kalina Takes a Photo of Himself Every Day of His Life For Twenty Years (2000-2020)". Laughing Squid. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  13. ^ "This Blended Timelapse Shows a Man Aging 21 Years in 2 Minutes". petapixel.com. 21 July 2021. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  14. ^ Vartanian, Hrag (17 July 2021). "Required Reading". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  15. ^ "21 Years of Noah Kalina's Daily Self-Portraits Are Compiled in a Two-Minute Montage of Aging". Colossal (blog). 15 July 2021. Retrieved 2021-07-23.

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