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Professor has taken 'selfie' every day for last 30 years

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/23/2017 By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press
This panel of black and white self-made photographs provided by Karl Baden shows Baden over the last three decades beginning Feb. 23, 1987, top left, through Feb. 21, 2017, lower right. The Boston College professor's "Every Day" project has chronicled his visage in nearly 11,000 photos in various locations with the same lighting and background each day for thirty years. He intends to do it the rest of his life. (Karl Baden via AP) © The Associated Press This panel of black and white self-made photographs provided by Karl Baden shows Baden over the last three decades beginning Feb. 23, 1987, top left, through Feb. 21, 2017, lower right. The Boston College professor's "Every Day" project has chronicled his visage in nearly 11,000 photos in various locations with the same lighting and background each day for thirty years. He intends to do it the rest of his life. (Karl Baden via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — Photographer Karl Baden has snapped a simple, black and white photo of himself every day for the last three decades to document his aging.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 photo, photographer Karl Baden, of Cambridge, Mass., stands for a photo in front of an exhibit of his photographs from 1976 called "Thermographs," at the Miller Yezerski Gallery, in Boston. On Feb. 23, 1987, long before they were called selfies, Karl Baden snapped a simple, black and white photo of himself. Then he repeated it, every day, for the next three decades. Baden's "Every Day" project turns 30 years old Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) © The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 photo, photographer Karl Baden, of Cambridge, Mass., stands for a photo in front of an exhibit of his photographs from 1976 called "Thermographs," at the Miller Yezerski Gallery, in Boston. On Feb. 23, 1987, long before they were called selfies, Karl Baden snapped a simple, black and white photo of himself. Then he repeated it, every day, for the next three decades. Baden's "Every Day" project turns 30 years old Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Baden's "Every Day" project turns 30 on Thursday. The stark contemplation on mortality has prompted some to dub the Boston College professor the unwitting "father of the selfie."

In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 photo, photographer Karl Baden, of Cambridge, Mass., sits for a photo in front of an exhibit of his photographs from 1976 called "Thermographs," at the Miller Yezerski Gallery, in Boston. On Feb. 23, 1987, long before they were called selfies, Baden snapped a simple, black and white photo of himself. Then he repeated it, every day, for the next three decades. Baden's "Every Day" project turns 30 years old Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) © The Associated Press In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 photo, photographer Karl Baden, of Cambridge, Mass., sits for a photo in front of an exhibit of his photographs from 1976 called "Thermographs," at the Miller Yezerski Gallery, in Boston. On Feb. 23, 1987, long before they were called selfies, Baden snapped a simple, black and white photo of himself. Then he repeated it, every day, for the next three decades. Baden's "Every Day" project turns 30 years old Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The 64-year-old Cambridge resident launched his project on Feb. 23, 1987, decades before the word "selfie" became commonplace.

Baden tries to remain faithful to that first image, posing with the same neutral facial expression and using the same 35mm camera, tripod, backdrop and lighting.

He's also consciously not grown a beard or moustache or changed his hairstyle much.

Baden says he intends to do the project for the rest of his life.

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