Activity Types: Rephotography Stories


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What is a Rephotography Story?
Rephotography stories are stories told exclusively in pictures by taking a series of photographs of the same landscape or object after the elapse of time for comparison purposes. The historical depiction of the object or landscape simply fades into the current picture leaving the viewer/reader/audience with an instant comparison of before and after.

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Advantages for use in the classroom:

  • Investigative research must be conducted to locate historical pictures
  • Interdisciplinary activity: may need research skills to locate photos, geography skills to locate the actual spot in the photos, and math to triangulate the picture


  • Finding locales close enough for this purpose that have historical records—may have to limit this type of activity to changes that occur seasonally
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Candace Figg, PhD
Brock University
Faculty of Education, Teacher Education Department
500 Glenridge, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1
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Jenny Burson, EdD
University of Texas at Austin (retired)
Education Department, Curriculum and Instruction