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Vintage European Photos Become Windows to the Past

Friday 07.19.2013 , Posted by
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We’ve seen this type of photo juxtaposition before with the works of Shawn Clover and Khánh Hmoong, but we’ve never seen such nostalgia inducing images as those by Kerényi Zoltán. He’s been finding vintage photographs of Europe (mostly of his native Hungary), finding their original location and capturing the place from the exact spot of the original photographer. Once the vintage image is placed on top it forms an almost seamless Window to the Past.

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Zoltán’s work often sees the past through optimistic, rose tinted lenses. The vintage images he finds depict car races through classic european towns like Budapest, young people enjoying the first blossoms of love, and warm days spent by the seaside. Next to the mundane scenes of the present day that often surround them, the past seems a truly exciting place.

Rather than simply tempt us with longing for the past, Zoltán also gives us another perspective. He’s created a number of images which place today’s equivalent experience alongside that of the past. Modern day lovers mingle with those in the vintage images; two cars from different eras share the same parking space; and tourists enjoy the same view of a city. We could almost take these images as a challenge: make today as good or better than yesterday. You can find more of his incredible work at ablakamultra.hu or on Flickr and Facebook.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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