Wednesday, April 21, 2010

NYTimes mass photo project to capture "A Moment in Time"

NYTimes mass photo project to capture "A Moment in Time" | Digital Cameras & Camcorders |

Amateur and professional photographers alike are being invited by the New York Times to submit digital photographs of a single moment in time — specifically, 11am EDT, May 2 — to its Lens photography blog. I've always been a fan of the "Day in the Life" series of photo books created by photographer Rick Smolan and writer David Elliot Cohen, but this project, while not entirely original, is even cooler in a lot of ways.

The goal is to create an entirely Web-built image of one moment in time across the world, and anyone with a camera (or even camera phone) is invited to submit images via a Web form that will be active from 11am EDT on Sunday, May 2 to 11am EDT on Friday, May 7.  The assumption, of course, is that everyone will have a digital camera (or will have to scan in a film image) since submissions are only being accepted electronically. There are already over close to 8,000 photographers confirming they'll participate, on the project's Facebook page.