140 Years of Change: The George Bradford Brainerd Project

Back at the end of April, Yahoo ran this interesting article. Photographer Jordan Liles was inspired to compare some of the oldest images of the City taken by George Bradford Brainerd, and photograph modern replica images at the exact locations.

The Brooklyn Museum website has over a thousand more original Old New York photos by Brainerd click here. 

They are amazing –The Brooklyn Bridge before the walk-way was even built. It’s almost eerie. 

 http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/170281/Construction_of_Brooklyn_Bridge

Or this beautifully composed photo, which sparks the imagination – perhaps a turn of the century Mystery or the beginning of a sweeping urban romance in the 1880’s? I’d prefer a mix of both. 🙂

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/170282/Street_Scene_Near_Brooklyn_Bridge

Washington Street, Brooklyn (1872-1877)

Long before the bridges even stood:

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Re-posted from the Brooklyn Museum Photostream on Flickr.

George Bradford Brainerd (American, 1845-1887). Washington Street, Brooklyn, ca. 1872-1887. Wet-collodion negative. Prints, Drawings and Photographs. Brooklyn Museum/Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection, 1996.164.2-1767. (1996.164.2-1767_g