28+ Before & After Pics Showing How The World Has Changed Over Time

December 29, 2017

We are a group of people who love re-photographies (“before and after”, “then and now”) because of their potential to tell fascinating stories with just two pictures. There wasn’t really a central hub for this kind of art so we got to work and built re.photos. It’s a website that enables people to browse hundreds of pictures or upload and align their own.
Today we would like to share our excitement with you and show you some of the best pictures (in our opinion) our users contributed. Hopefully, these comparisons are as exciting for you as they are for us!




1 Rysstad, Norway, 1888 - 2013

Rysstad, Norway, 1888 - 2013




2 Seljestadjuvet, Odda, Norway, 1887 - 2014

Seljestadjuvet, Odda, Norway, 1887 - 2014




3 Martin Luther Statue, Dresden, Germany, 1958 - 2014

Martin Luther Statue, Dresden, Germany, 1958 - 2014

4Hofbräuhaus München, Germany, 1910 - 2017

Hofbräuhaus München, Germany, 1910 - 2017




5 Quai Des Nations, Paris, France, 1900 - 2017

Quai Des Nations, Paris, France, 1900 - 2017


6 Corner Of Ratajczaka And Św. Marcin Streets, Poznań, Poland, 1945 - 2017

Corner Of Ratajczaka And Św. Marcin Streets, Poznań, Poland, 1945 - 2017

7 Pripyat, Ukraine, 1986 - 2016

Pripyat, Ukraine, 1986 - 2016

8 Chaney Glacier, USA, 1911 - 2005

Chaney Glacier, USA, 1911 - 2005


9 Engabreen Glacier, Norway, 1889 - 2010

Engabreen Glacier, Norway, 1889 - 2010
Axel Lindahl’s picture of Engabreen from 1889 shows the foot of the glacier, where there was only ice, glacial gravel, water and bare mountainsides in a seemingly cold and hostile landscape. Now, more than 120 years later, the valley has become far more fertile. Birch forest, shore meadows, willow thickets and marshland have established themselves, while the glacier arm has retreated far back up the mountainside.

10 Moulin Rouge, Paris, France, 1900 - 2016


11 Horse Cart And Steam Locomotive, Mont Saint-Michel, France, 1908 - 2016

Horse Cart And Steam Locomotive, Mont Saint-Michel, France, 1908 - 2016


12 Reichstag, Germany, 1945 - 2012

Reichstag, Germany, 1945 - 2012

13 Hammerfest, Norway, 1889 - 2004

Hammerfest, Norway, 1889 - 2004

14Frauenkirche Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 1897 - 2010

Frauenkirche Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 1897 - 2010 

15 Tour Eiffel, Paris, France, 1910 - 2016

Tour Eiffel, Paris, France, 1910 - 2016


16 Marcin Street, Poznań, Poland, 1945 - 2017

Marcin Street, Poznań, Poland, 1945 - 2017


17Osnabrück, Germany, 1904 - 2016

Osnabrück, Germany, 1904 - 2016


18The Karlstor, Munich, Germany, 1946 - 2017

The Karlstor, Munich, Germany, 1946 - 2017


19Osnabrück Central Railway Station, Germany, 1965 - 2015

Osnabrück Central Railway Station, Germany, 1965 - 2015


20Nowomiejska Street, Łódź, Poland, 1874 - 2016

Nowomiejska Street, Łódź, Poland, 1874 - 2016





21Paris, France, 1900 - 2017

Paris, France, 1900 - 2017


22Szyperska Street, Poznań, Poland, 2006 - 2017

Szyperska Street, Poznań, Poland, 2006 - 2017




23Kjeåsen Railway Bridge, Kjeåsen, Norway, 1927 - 2008

Kjeåsen Railway Bridge, Kjeåsen, Norway, 1927 - 2008


24The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1900 - 2017

The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1900 - 2017
The Seine bank during the world’s fair of 1900. Next to the Eiffel Tower, the “Globe Céleste” was one of the main attractions. It was a monumental heavenly globe of 45 meters in diameter, in which visitors could sit in a chair, while panoramas of the solar system were passed over. The ball was carried by 4 pillars, between which stairs and elevators allowed the visitors the ascent. In the “Marerama”, the building with the four corner towers to the left, visitors were simulated to be on the deck of a ship with a panorama of the large Mediterranean ports. The exhibition pavilions located directly on the shore on the left were dedicated to navigation, trade and navigation.






25Palais Im Großen Garten Dresden, Germany, 1900 - 2005






26St. Matthew Evangelical Church, Łódź, Poland, 1937 – 2017(26/81)

St. Matthew Evangelical Church, Łódź, Poland, 1937 - 2017


27Osnabrück, Germany, 1953 - 2015

Osnabrück, Germany, 1953 - 2015





28St-Gervais-Et-St-Protais, France, 1918 - 2017

St-Gervais-Et-St-Protais, France, 1918 - 2017





29The Grinnell Glacier, Montana, USA, 1911 - 2008

The Grinnell Glacier, Montana, USA, 1911 - 2008
The 1911 photo shows Grinnell Glacier poised at the top of the waterfalls in the foreground and joined with what is now called Salamander Glacier in the background. Grinnell described this wall of ice as being 1,000 feet high in 1887. As of 2008, that wall of ice is gone and Grinnell Glacier is not even visible in the contemporary photograph. Instead, it is behind the buff-colored ridge just above the waterfalls. Salamander Glacier lies along the Garden Wall below the ridgeline. This glacier is thinning in the middle so rapidly that it will probably be in two pieces within a few years. To the upper left is the small, rounded glacier, Gem Glacier, that until recently had not shown signs of retreat. It, too, is now becoming smaller.


30Karlstor, Munich, Germany , 1910 - 2017


Karlstor, Munich, Germany , 1910 - 2017

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