Neal, you have to click on the thumbnails. He did a bad job of cropping the thumb's the full prints are better. Having said that some of the compositions are a little snapshot esq (interesting items cropped out and uninteresting things included) and on others negs look like they may have been fogged or suffered from a light leak.
Overall the idea is great, the effort is not small and IMHO the bulk of the prints run the gamut from ok to very good.
I offer the criticism, so that the work is put in perspective. I think the work is about the idea. Getting the perfect composition, exposure etc.. I would think was a goal but not a requirement. I don't think each image is intended to stand alone but be viewed with all others and that the totality of all the images is the final piece.
I think the real value of Roark's wonderful project for the rest of us is the inspiration to make one picture a day, no matter what. It might be a portrait, it might be the dog, it might be the doorknob, but to take time from the rest of life and concentrate all our energies on making one picture - and only one - a day as an exercise is bound to improve our photography radically.
This guy has to be commended for seeing his project thru every single day for an entire year. I mean, taking an 8x10 out to take portraits of strangers daily 365 days in a row is no small feat. A lot of these portraits are great, for sure, but his including shots plagued by huge technical flaws (flare, leaks, severe vignetting) is to me terribly bothersome. It cheapens an otherwise brilliant concept.
This thread inspired me to dig out my copy of "Chasing The Light" by Jim Brandenburg. He hiked into the Minnesota woods every day for ninety consecutive days one Fall. On each day he took a _single_ exposure and put them together into a book. Amazing! As far as I can tell, he was shooting film back then. Unbelievable!