Rephotography and the situating of then-and-now

Authored by: Hannah Lewi , Andrew Murray

The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138581296
eBook ISBN: 9780429506765
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429506765-37

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Abstract

This chapter explores the phenomenon of ‘rephotography’, or ‘then-and-now’ composite images, which has been taken up with enthusiasm in recent years by artists, photographers and GLAM sector institutions (Kalin, 2013, p. 170). Typically, in this visual technique, historical images are layered or blended with contemporary images—in a way that is sometimes obvious and abrupt, sometimes seamless or faded—to create new appreciations of past events and inhabitation, duration and tense. The creative process and the dissemination of rephotography has been greatly facilitated by the ready-access to digitised archives, image-making software and social media.

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