I was researching “before and after” urban photography and came across a myriad of resources. Since all of them are really fascinating, I decided to share them. I am obsessed with public space and urban history and these are great places to feed my addiction. Looking at these puts life into perspective and helps define a concrete (quite literally) reference point amongst constant change of daily life.
“The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.”
– Aldous Huxley
A great Toronto-specific blog with historical visual comparisons.
Then and Now Flickr Pool
Probably the best place online for Then and Now shots. Especially for North American cities. When I visited, there were close to 1200 photos in the pool.
Auschwitz Then and Now
A look back at Auchwitz that is a little less sentimental than the rest of the comparison sets. In this feature, the drawings from WWII are compared to new photos.
Sydney Then and Now
Some historical and modern shots of Sydney, Australia.
New York Then and Now
A collection of great shots of New York.
Then/Now Series by The New York Times
An interactive then and now feature by The New York Times. It features interactive photos that you can scrub to compare the two states.
London Then and Now Flickr Group
A Flickr group dedicated to recreating historical photos of London.
Thames Then and Now
A look at river Thames and how it’s banks have changed over the years.
Paris Then and Now
Ah, of course. How can a list like this be made without Paris?
Moscow Then and Now
To break the monotony of Western cities, I had to include beautiful Moscow.
Please feel free to share your own Then and Now finds in the comments below.