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

  • Bluff Street Steps - 1919

    Bluff Street Steps
  • Chauncy Street - 1916

    Chauncy Street
  • Another Walgreens - 1937

    Another Walgreens
  • Forbes Avenue - 1938

    Forbes Avenue

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    Patrick tagged 09/18/19 20:49:06 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 08/09/19 20:59:31 UTC
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    b tagged 07/25/19 12:44:26 UTC
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    "The camera is on the hillside above 5th Ave, east of Kirkpatrick. I see 5th Ave west of Kirkpatrick heading inbound. In fact, when I zoom+ the pic, I can make out 5th Avenue High School. We can see some of Terrace Village, a truck turning outbound from Seneca to 5th, the rows of flat roof houses (small apt bldgs) lining both sides of Moultrie going north from 5th, apt bldgs along DeRaud St, and even a bldg on Duquesne's then smaller campus on the Bluff (look left of the Grant Bldg)..... I'll put the map marker at 5th/Moultrie. "

    b said 07/25/19 12:39:19 UTC
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    "I'm not sure with this one. I think that's Bedford Dwellings behind the smokestack of a probably long gone powerhouse, but if that were the case, St Benedict the Moor school should be visible, which it isn't."

    Patrick said 07/09/19 12:41:55 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 07/09/19 12:25:21 UTC
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    "Stoner, Thaw & Co was located at 1200 West Carson St"

    Patrick said 07/02/19 21:16:30 UTC
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    Patrick tagged 07/02/19 21:15:39 UTC
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    "The No. 3 Police Station on Penn Ave was located at 2608 Penn Ave. "

    Patrick said 06/21/19 13:05:09 UTC
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