“Greetings fellow time-travellers – my Retronautic time-machine is touching down on New York City’s 5th Avenue, and it will be delivering an extraordinary cargo of panoramic pictures of NYC – of more than one hundred years ago.” – The Retronaut, Wolfgang Wild.
That’s right, from February 25th, for a limited time, visitors are able to see the exhibition, Retronaut’s New York, in the lobby space of Premier Exhibitions 5th Avenue at 37th Street, New York; and even better, this special “pop up exhibition” is free to the public.
Retronaut’s Wolfgang Wild has selected a set of extraordinary panoramic photographs capturing New York City more than a hundred years ago to create an exhibition that is unique. Each photograph has been painstakingly digitally cleaned and restored from the versions held by the Library of Congress, the results wiping away the decay of time and rendering the scenes of New York City into contemporary monochrome. These widescreen images should not, our minds tell us, exist – they are not the small, sepia and faded snapshots of the past that we expect to see. The images we see are on the same scale as our present, and – extraordinarily – over a century old.
At the centre of the historic panoramas is a quite extraordinary image – a “Timescape” of Times Square created by Dynamichrome’s Jordan Lloyd. Lloyd has woven together fragments from Times Square’s hundred year history into a seamless and spectacular image where decades cascade into one another. The hypnotic result is a beautiful and surreal panoramic photograph, simultaneously instantly familiar and disconcertingly anachronistic at once.
Come along, and witness history before your very eyes!
Retronaut’s New York is presented in co-operation with Mashable, and produced by SC Exhibitions. For more about Retronaut visit: mashable.com/category/retronaut. And for Dynamichrome, see: dynamichrome.com
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