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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

  • Children Sitting on a Wall - 1939

    Children Sitting on a Wall

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    "For example, the Joe Zarnich Accordion Center was between 17th and 18th."

    Carl said 10/24/17 03:08:53 UTC
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    "This "Location" photo is incorrect. The camera should be spun around and facing the other way. The old photo is the same intersection, but looking on the opposite direction."

    Carl said 10/24/17 03:06:31 UTC
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    "Kenwood Street in Mount Washington is now called Kambach Street. This is the intersection of Judicial and Kambach, although retrographer is not saving the geotag at it's correct viewpoint. I've never had this problem before. Some type of malfunction on the site?"

    Nj said 10/11/17 15:21:56 UTC
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