'Now & Then': An exhibit of Seattle past
The Seattle Times local historian Paul Dorpat has spent nearly 30 years practicing the art of repeat photography. And now Seattle's Museum of History & Industry takes us on an extraordinary trip through time — an exhibit that explores the changing face of Washington state, Seattle and the Wallingford neighborhood that Dorpat calls home.
As Pacific Northwest magazine's longtime favorite local historian, Paul Dorpat has spent nearly 30 years practicing the art of repeat photography — recording contemporary "repeat" images of historical scenes he's uncovered through friends and collectors, contributors, admirers and archives all over the state.
Now, in collaboration with fellow photo-history enthusiasts Jean Sherrard and Berangere Lomont, he has teamed up with Seattle's Museum of History & Industry to take us on an extraordinary trip through time — an exhibit that explores the changing face of Washington state, Seattle and the Wallingford neighborhood that Dorpat calls home.
The exhibit, "Now and Then," begins with scenes from Paris, the birthplace of photography, and includes one of the first recorded images of Paris, taken by Louis Daguerre in the mid-19th century. The first known image of Seattle is also on view. Hundreds of other photos capture our changing sociocultural, economic and physical landscape, helping viewers understand not only what is new but also what has been lost and what endures.
The exhibit, sponsored by The Seattle Times, runs through June 3, 2012, at the museum, 2700 24th Ave. E. For further information, call 206-324-1126 or visit www.seattlehistory.org.
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