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
  • St. Paul Cathedral - 1937

    St. Paul Cathedral
  • Oakland Street Scene - 1920

    Oakland Street Scene

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    "reverse view."

    Tim said 02/12/19 19:42:47 UTC
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    "Greenfield Ave. at junction with Irvine."

    Tim said 02/12/19 19:41:49 UTC
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    "Greenfield Ave. junction with Irvine."

    Tim said 02/12/19 19:41:05 UTC
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    "Gladstone High School (smokestack) in the distance."

    Tim said 02/12/19 19:38:26 UTC
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    "Hazelwood Ave. at Second Ave. Mr. Meszaros was a good man - he closed the pharmacy in the 60s after he was beat up and robbed once too many times."

    Tim said 02/12/19 19:37:41 UTC
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    "old J&L Pittsburgh Works rolling mills, as I recall. The neighborhood appears to be The Run. Second Avenue is next to mill."

    Tim said 02/12/19 19:34:24 UTC
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    "Corner of Hazelwood Ave. and Murray Ave. in Greenfield."

    Tim said 02/12/19 19:30:05 UTC
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    "the views don't match."

    Tim said 02/12/19 19:21:22 UTC
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    "This is Mansion st. ll\ooking toward Second Ave. Old Pittsburgh Railways affice at the bottom of the hill on Second Ave. In my youth, the city would barricade thuis hill in winter snows, and we sled rode down."

    Tim said 02/12/19 19:20:44 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 01/14/19 19:45:13 UTC
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