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

  • To Grandfather's House for Christmas - Date Unknown

    To Grandfather's House for Christmas
  • Opening Day - 1930

    Opening Day
  • Moxley's Rexall Drugs - 1950

    Moxley's Rexall Drugs
  • Men in the Street - Date Unknown

    Men in the Street

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    "Wrong bridge in newer photo."

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    Bailey tagged 11/20/19 00:14:55 UTC
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    "I give. How do I turn the view, to look west, across Magee Field?"

    Tony said 11/02/19 01:53:06 UTC
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    Tony tagged 11/02/19 01:52:03 UTC
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    "Rutherglen Street was NOT off of Irvin St. It was below the tracks on 2nd Ave. Irvin St did NOT come out to Hazelwood in 1904.
    Rutherglen along with Kansas St. and a few blocks were cleaned out for mill expansion."

    Tony said 10/31/19 23:58:52 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 10/15/19 18:53:04 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 10/15/19 18:42:23 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 10/15/19 18:39:52 UTC
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