US National Archives Photo Contest

A few years ago, I entered a contest sponsored by the US National Archives. The challenge was to take one of their historic photos and visit the location where the photo was taken (decades ago), and re-contextualize that image within the contemporary environment. In other words, basically just to take a new photo at the site of an old photo, while holding the old one up. The entries were judged by a panel at NARA, and winners chosen with help of the Archivist of the United States himself.

Two of my photos were chosen to be published in a book of postcards sold at the National Archives gift shop. Pretty neat! Here are a few of my entries taken here in Chicago.

Above: The site of Al Capone’s soup kitchen is now a parking lot.