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

  • Aerial View of Grant at Sixth - 1951

    Aerial View of Grant at Sixth
  • No-Nox Gas - 1964

    No-Nox Gas
  • Home in Shadyside - 1933

    Home in Shadyside
  • Rothman's Restaurant and Bar - 1909

    Rothman's Restaurant and Bar

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    "The street is Childs. I hit the button too soon.

    John said 11/14/20 17:21:36 UTC
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    "I want to add that Childes street was named for Asa Childs while Swinburne was named for the English poet Algernon Swinburne of the mid 19th Century.

    John said 11/14/20 17:20:22 UTC
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    "In the 1930 photo my house is on the left with the chimney in the middle. The house was built in 1925(3276-3278 Parkview). I was there from 1966-2005 The house barley in the picture is 3274 Parkview caught fire on Dec 31,2003 and was torn down in the summer of 2005. In the lower photo the trees block the view on the left. "

    John said 11/14/20 17:16:07 UTC
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    "This is the 3300 block of Parkview Avenue looking North. Going east you will enter Schenley Park and west is dowtown. South is Swinburne St."

    John said 11/14/20 17:08:09 UTC
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    "This is now the 3300 block of Parkview Ave. Tis as seen from the Blvd of the Allies. Wilmont became a
    part of the Blvd of the Allies in the mid 1920's"

    John said 11/14/20 17:05:07 UTC
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