Moscow Time Project
The photograph collection of old and modern Moscow is being extended and developed in the framework of the Moscow Time project, ongoing since 2003.
The Moscow Time Foundation established by Dmitry Zimin has been in charge of the project since 2004.
The Moscow Time Foundation is a nonprofit organization that carries out programs and conducts events in the area of culture, science, and education.
The cultural and educational activity of the foundation is directed at studying Moscow and its historical traditions, documenting changes in Moscow photographically, and acquainting the wide public in Russia and abroad with the past and modern images of Moscow and its people. The foundation organizes and conducts exhibitions, publishes printed materials, and does charity work.
The goal of the Moscow Time project is to demonstrate historical, architectural, cultural, and sociological changes that have occurred in the last century and a half in Moscow. For this, photographs of Moscow and its people of the late 19th–early 20th century are sought in archives. These photographs are digitized and repaired. Photographs of the same city sites are then taken from the same angles as were the old photographs. The pairs of photographs thus obtained are accompanied by literary texts or commentaries.
The project includes several collections comparing Moscow sites
of the 19th–early 20th century to the 21st century:
- Photographs of Moscow streets and alleys (1913–1914) from E. V. Gauthier-Dyufaye's albums: the pairs (1913–1914 and 2003–2004) are accompanied by literary texts associated with the images and emotionally attuned to the mood that arises when you look at the corners of the city captured with nearly a century time break.
- Photographs of the 1880s: Moscow views from the albums published on the initiative of N. A. Naidenov, an industrialist, entrepreneur, and collector, are contrasted with modern views of Moscow.
- A collection of photographs of Muscovites from different social classes of the late 19th–early 20th century are contrasted with photographs of modern city dwellers.
- Late 19th century portrait photographs contrasted with photographs of contemporary Muscovites: the old photographs were taken from family albums, and the contemporary persons were selected based on similarity of appearance with the persons in the original photographs and by some details that, in the authors' opinion, could create a mood like in the old photographs.
- The Soviet and Non-Soviet Moscow collection: photographs of Moscow and Muscovites of 1920–1960s and 2004–2012s are contrasted. The photographs of the Soviet period were made by famous masters and demonstrate the changes that have occurred not only in the city streets and squares but also in the looks of Muscovites and their behavior in the urban environment.
- A collection of photographs of buildings, churches, streets, and localities—detailed Moscow circular panorama: the photographs were taken by the Scherer and Nabgolts company from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 1867 and published in 16 lithographic plates in 1886 by the Kushner and K° typolithography.
You can read more about publications of the Moscow Time Foundation here.