Amsterdam Then and Now by Jo Teeuwisse

Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse is a historical consultant in Amsterdam who loves making photographs in the same locations as historical photos.

These amazing photographs were created by shooting new photos of old locations, and mixing them with the old photographs she finds:

Teeuwisse tells us,

I got the idea when I tried to find out more about some photos I found on a flea market. Trying to discover where they were taken I looked around my city, found the locations and took photos to compare then and now. Mixing them was just a experiment and because I was happy with the result I decided to do the same with other historical photos.

I am a historical consultant for film, tv, authors, museums, etc. and I even have a 1930s lifestyle. History is part of my daily life, I can’t help but see the shadows of the past.

To see more of Teeuwisse’s work, check out this set on Flickr.

Image credits: Photographs by Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse and used with permission

  • Davesix

    It's a wonderful concept.
    I arrived here through a link in a Tweet from petapixel.

  • Michael Zhang

    Great, hope you enjoy the blog :-)

  • Blanch GuZ

    Wow! The past is here, i like it. : )

  • Trude

    Wow, even what she chose to erase/see through is genius! Thanks for sharing!

  • Intrepiddoc

    He stole this idea from Shimon Attie who ‘ coincidently ‘ did the same project over ten years ago as a performance art piece over the entire city of Amsterdam. He should at least give credit where credit is due.

  • Facebook User

    I wouldn’t call it stealing. There’s no telling whether she saw his work before embarking on her project. It’s no different than someone composing a piece of music and learning he unwittingly had other works’ melodies woven through it. Inspiration for the same type of expression can strike multiple people independent of one another.

  • Maryann

    eerie, but awesome, . saw her pics of american & german soldiers in paris.