Artist Jo Teeuwisse found a cache of old World War II negatives at a flea market in Holland. Intrigued by the photos, she researched and photographed the same locations now. Layering the old and the new with Photoshop, she amassed quite an interesting collection. They have been exhibited in galleries all over Europe. I was not familiar with them until my Dutch son-in-law sent me the link. Here are a few more of Jo's photos.
In the US we tear down and rebuild something different, but in Europe the tradition is more rebuild again as it was. So, it is not surprising that she could match up the old photos with current landscape. Obviously what is in color is new and the black and white is the old.
Here is what the artist said in an interview:
"What do you hope others will get out of your merged photos?
I hope that they remind people of history, make them realize that the past is all around us and that things happened where they are walking, where they live, where they work. I am passionate about the past, I think it is one of the most important subjects in the world. Without knowing where we come from we don't know where we're going. Seeing a place you know well as it was many years ago is always fascinating, seeing that same spot at a time when something important, horrible, lovely, interesting or unusual was happening, this is also confrontational and will hopefully make people think."
I was so intrigued by this type of combining the old and new, but quickly found out that she was not the first to employ this technique with WWII photos. Below Leningrad and Berlin: