Photographer Reshoots Some of the Oldest Surviving Photos of New York

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For the past two years, photographer Jordan Liles has been researching the life and work of George Bradford Brainerd, a lesser-known 19th-century photographer who shot 2,500 photos of New York before he died in 1887 at the age of 42.

Starting in 2013, Liles has also been visiting the locations of Brainerd’s photos — some of the oldest surviving images of New York — recreating the shots to show how New York has changed over the past 140 years.

Liles has so far recreated 28 Brainerd photos that were made between 1872 and 1887.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

883 Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn

883 Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn

Behind Borough Hall in Brooklyn

Behind Borough Hall in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights

Bow Bridge in Central Park

Bow Bridge in Central Park

The main fountain in Central Park

The main fountain in Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

2543 Church Avenue in Brooklyn

2543 Church Avenue in Brooklyn

City Hall in New York

City Hall in New York

The corner of Fulton and Duffield

The corner of Fulton and Duffield

Just west of the Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue intersection

Just west of the Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue intersection

Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn

Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn

Brooklyn's Prospect Park

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

Brooklyn's Prospect Park

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

2274 Church Avenue in Brooklyn, once known as Public School No. 1

2274 Church Avenue in Brooklyn, once known as Public School No. 1

On Old Fulton Street looking toward the water and Manhattan

On Old Fulton Street looking toward the water and Manhattan

Brooklyn Bridge on Columbia Heights

Brooklyn Bridge on Columbia Heights

Flatbush Town Hall at 35 Snyder Avenue

Flatbush Town Hall at 35 Snyder Avenue

Liles says his goal with this project is to help spread the word about Brainerd’s “mostly forgotten accomplishments.” He has documented his efforts in a 1.5-minute trailer, a 6.5-minute short film, and and a 31-minute behind-the-scenes video:

Brainerd’s photographic legacy is largely held by the Brooklyn Museum, which owns about 1,900 of his glass plate negatives.


Image credits: Modern photographs by Jordan Liles and used with permission

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