Changing Cities: The Overlapping Of Past And Present

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Not only the fashion director of Esquire, Nick Sullivan is also a dedicated photographer and downright perfectionist, as demonstrated by his amazing Instagram feed. Sullivan’s new favourite pastime sees the British-born fashion expert scouring the Internet in search of old photographs of London, Paris and New York and meticulously locating the same exact spot, inserting the picture from the past into one of the present space to demonstrate the passing of time. From a picture of Colette sitting in the portico of the Palais Royale to a portrait of Bob Dylan walking down a tree-lined avenue in Central Park and the Rolling Stones taking a stroll in Covent Garden, Sullivan’s “doubletakes” become joyful accounts of the evolution of some of the world’s most-loved cities.

h/t: anothermag. Images and captions © by Nick Sullivan.

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Les Minets, a French, rather chic version of Mods hanging about outside Le Drugstore Boulevard Saint Germain, 1966

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David Bowie. Manchester Square W1 1965

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Park Ave, 1959

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William and Pine Streets 1950s NYC

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Ships old and new, 1950s/2015

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Queen Street, Bermuda, 1930s

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Simon and Garfunkel: Wednesday Morning 3am, 1964, 53rd Street Station

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Brooklyn Kids Smith Street 1978 and today

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St Marks Place, 1981

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Stickball on Jersey Street, Little Italy NY 1955

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Hipsters, 42nd and Madison 1961 by Garry Winogrand, and background today

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August 1937/August 2015 on Bleecker St opposite Our Lady of Pompeii

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18 Pell Street in 1900 and this afternoon

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Rainy Rue Saint Petersbourg, Gustave Caillebotte, 1870s

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Colette and cat, Palais Royal

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Les Enfants de la Place Hébert 18e Arrondissement 1959 by Robert Doisneau. The Restaurant La Piscine is still there but has been rather chicified

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Liz and Dick, Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, Florence

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St George’s Mayfair, 1972

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Yes that’s right constable, Daleks, outside J Sheekey…what? No they haven’t got the plungers out yet

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The Stones, James St Covent Garden, 1964

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Muhammad Ali, London

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10th Ave

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Bob Dylan, Central Park, NYC

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