Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
These historical composites layered over modern day scenes showcase the timeless postcard perfection and rich narratives that flow through the streets of Paris. By combining past and present portraits of the famous French capital, art director Julien Knez showcases just how many changes the City of Lights has seen over the past 100 years.

Above: Tour Eiffel, 1900

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Notre Dame, 1944
A joyful Liberation scene on August 25, 1944.

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
La Seine. Notre-Dame, 1930

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Le Grand Palais, 1944

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Rue Gay-Lussac, 1968

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Le Moulin Rouge, 1900
The Moulin Rouge, which opened in 1889, drew clientele from all over, all eager to see the French cancan.

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Place de l’Opéra, 1940
Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, 1871

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Quai de Conti, 1900
Passersby at the bouquinistes, or riverside booksellers.

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Hôtel-de-Ville, 1944
Two friends celebrate the liberation of Paris at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, in August 1944.

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Place Vendôme, 1871

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
“Odéon” Station (Métro), 1910
Passengers traveled by boat when the metro tracks were flooded in January 1910.

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Arc de Triomphe, 1909
The now-defunct double-decker trams dropped passengers off next to the Arc de Triomphe.

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Le Printemps. Boulevard Haussmann, 1930

Great Combination Photographs of Past vs Present
Jardin du Luxembourg, 1895

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