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

  • Moxley's Rexall Drugs - 1950

    Moxley's Rexall Drugs
  • Rothman's Restaurant and Bar - 1909

    Rothman's Restaurant and Bar
  • Butler Street - 1917

    Butler Street
  • Men in the Street - Date Unknown

    Men in the Street

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    "Very hard working men in these photos. "

    DMZABO said 10/17/21 00:11:41 UTC
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    "I actually walked across this bridge when I was younger. In the 1980’s before they shut it down to build the new bridge. Bloomfield has changed due to the local hospitals. Once it was predominantly an Italian dwelling but not so much these days. Diverse for sure. Not that Italian people aren’t cool . It’s just not so small town community anymore."

    DMZABO said 10/17/21 00:10:31 UTC
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    "You know it’s old when you see the horses. "

    DMZABO said 10/17/21 00:06:00 UTC
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    DMZABO tagged 10/17/21 00:05:27 UTC
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    R tagged 02/06/21 10:06:09 UTC
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    "Construction of Highland Reservoir Number 2."

    R said 02/05/21 10:41:48 UTC
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    R tagged 02/05/21 10:32:37 UTC
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    "Looking SW from Aspenwall, across the Allegheny. Highland Reservior on horizon. Brilliant Pumping Station chimneys visible on left."

    R said 02/05/21 09:26:50 UTC
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    "Construction of Allegheny Lock/Dam No.2 can be seen in background, under bridge."

    R said 02/05/21 07:55:32 UTC
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    R tagged 02/05/21 07:46:29 UTC
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