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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

  • River Traffic - 1933

    River Traffic
  • Lemon Alley Scene - 1911

    Lemon Alley Scene
  • Halloween Celebration - 1935

    Halloween Celebration
  • Aiken Avenue Bridge - 1912

    Aiken Avenue Bridge

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    "Per a 1906 Sanborn map of Pittsburgh, Dante Alley was a small alley that would have been right through when the fountain is at the Steel Building."

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    " Part of Bigelow St (not Blvd) is on the hill above 2nd Ave in Hazelwood/Greenfield"

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    "Wylie started at 5th across from the Count House between Ross and Grant. Ross didn't cross 5th as it does now."

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    "Civic Arena shorted Wylie Ave, but that's the William Penn Hotel in the background"

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