During the week of May 12-18, 2003, more than 25,000
professional and amateur and student photographers spread out
across the nation to shoot photographs with the goal of capturing
the essence of daily life for publication in America 24/7.
We were challenged to depict our communities, states, and our
country, but with one very important stipulation. All photographs
had to be created with digital cameras. Film cameras were not
allowed to be used during the project.
Over a million photographs were submitted via the
internet, which were then painstakingly selected by 36 leading
photo editors from across the nation. The images were culled down
to 20,000 of the very best, representing 3,000 photographers from
the original assembly. The selected photos were transferred into
a web archive software system, which served as a central image
library and enabled the designers to track, search, distribute,
and reformat the images for the creation of the 53 books, foreign
language editions, web and magazine syndication, posters, and
|Six of my photographs were chosen for the state book
publication Maryland 24/7. The 487 images in Maryland
24/7, both expansive and intimate, add up to a panoramic glimpse
of life-in-progress in the Old Line State. I've presented on my
website both my published images from the project and selected out
takes that, in my opinion, deserve another look.