Tuesday, January 08, 2008
These images are from the New York Public Library's collection of Berenice Abbott photographs. She took them in the mid-1930s as part of a 5-year project funded by the Works Progress Administration to document Manhattan as it transformed itself. Click image to view full size.
A couple of years ago another photographer, Douglas Levere, re-created the same shots as exactly as he could. Using the same model camera, same time of day, and same photographic technique, he positioned himself to take identical images some 70 years later. The results were published in a side-by-side book of photographs: New York changing : revisiting Berenice Abbott's New York with a companion web site which shows the image pairs on separate web pages. You can also view the pairs on web site devoted to Levere by the Morning News.
Here's one pair showing how little things have changed in some cases.