Retrographer harnesses the knowledge of the community to create a collaborative map of Pittsburgh's historic photographs.

How it works?

All of the photographs on the site come from the City Photographer collection hosted and curated by the University of Pittsburgh's Archives Services Center

Retrographer uses Google Maps to make it easy for anybody to geotag these images. This geotag data is sent back to the Archives Services Center to become a permanent part of the archive.

About The Project

Retrographer was started in the Fall of 2010 as a project for the Senior studio Pieces taught by Dylan Vitone at Carnegie Mellon University. The project has evolved and lives on after the class has ended. So far over 3,900 photos have been tagged by people all over Pittsburgh

Retrographer continues to evolve. Check back soon on your smartphone, a mobile app is on the way.

If you have any feedback about Retrographer please email me at dpieri@gmail.com -Dane Pieri

Just Pittsburgh?

It doesn't have to be. If you would like to bring Retrographer to your city, and are able to work with an archive or museum to get access to a collection like Pittsburgh's City Photographer Collection, shoot me an email!

Featured Photos

  • Kroger Warehouse - 1938

    Kroger Warehouse
  • Men in the Street - Date Unknown

    Men in the Street
  • Oakland Street Scene - 1920

    Oakland Street Scene
  • St. Paul Cathedral - 1937

    St. Paul Cathedral

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    Patrick tagged 04/17/19 14:12:02 UTC
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    "442 Penn Ave used to be on the corner of 5th Ave and Penn Ave, where the back of Fifth Avenue Place now resides."

    Patrick said 04/17/19 13:57:03 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 04/08/19 14:23:59 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 04/03/19 14:56:02 UTC
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    "I think this is tagged wrong. I believe the historic photo is looking North from Harriet onto the 300 block of S. Atlantic Ave. The grade of the lawns is what led me to think this attribution to S. Pacific might be inaccurate. If you look at the current street view of S. Atlantic from Harriet St., you can match up the first two houses left/right in the historic photo with the second two houses left/right on S. Atlantic Ave, by the rooflines on the left and porch columns on the right. Plus the grade of the front lawns is much more similar."

    Ellen said 03/29/19 02:30:54 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 03/25/19 19:21:04 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 03/25/19 19:17:36 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 03/25/19 13:58:50 UTC
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    "Should be on the North Side of Pittsburgh, not Washington, PA."

    C said 03/12/19 00:00:09 UTC
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    "reverse view."

    Tim said 02/12/19 19:42:47 UTC
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