Amazing Lenticular Photo Lets You See New York Street in 1910 and 2023

A lenticular photograph installed in New York City allows passersby to see what a particular Manhattan street looked like in 1910 and 2023.

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation posted the above video showing how the lenticular photo works with viewers being able to see two versions of the street corner behind the print 113 years apart.

“Have you visited our new time machine?” Writes the parks department on Facebook. “Walk by the corner of 157th Street and Broadway and see the landscape morph back to 1909 in this lenticular installation from artist Adrian Sas, reflecting on our city’s rich history and ever-evolving present.

“This lenticular print alternately displays two photographs of 157th Street and Broadway, one archival and one contemporary. Pedestrians activate the alternating effect as they walk by, causing the image to flip between centuries.”

The art installation is in Ilka Tanya Payán Park on 157th Street and Broadway which is in the Washington Heights area, it is called Broadway: Now and Then.

Multiemedia artist Adrian Sas used a photograph from 1910 that they found in the Museum of the City of New York, and then they took a photo of the exact same street corner to show how it looks over 100 years later.

“It’s a time machine, of sorts, that I built to transport passersby from a contemporary moment to one more than a century ago,” Sas writes on Instagram.

“This four-foot wide lenticular composition provides a unique perspective on the ever-evolving city I love.”

What is a Lenticular Photo?

A lenticular photo is a specialized image that creates an illusion of depth or the ability to change as the image is viewed from different angles, e.g. a person walking by.

The images have to be lenticular printed which involves interlacing two or more images together, they remain popular for eye-catching posters and adverts because of the way the image changes.

Earlier this year, PetaPixel interviewed a lenticular printmaker who makes real life gifs and takes orders from 3D photographers who shoot with Nimslo, Nishika, and Reto 3D cameras.