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A Window to the Past: the Photo Splices of Zoltán Kerényi

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The photographic wonders we are presenting this week are the result of photo research, investigation, modern photography, and crack editing skill, plus a bit of imagination. All that work was the several year passion of Hungarian photographer Zoltán Kerényi, who used pictures from the Hungarian photo archive site Fortepan along with his own original images to create the body of work he calls Ablak a Múltra, or Windows To The Past.

Splicing a photo from the past, sometimes from as far back as 100 years onto the same modern-day setting creates a photographic "time machine". The effect is both whimsical and informative, particularly where war images are spliced onto the Budapest of today, with its fast food restaurants chains and traffic. At times the results conjure up feelings of nostalgia, even if you weren't alive at the time of the older photo.

Thanks to post on Reddit, and coverage in some large news outlets like the Daily Mail and Buzzfeed, the images were something of a viral sensation when they were published several years ago, eventually becoming a book. Kerényi's Facebook page for Window to the Past is still popular, and there you can find some of his more recent photography. Enjoy the photographs below, all used with permission of the artist. You can find his dedicated site here.


Flatpack Films is based in Budapest, Hungary. We are a film company that offers an inspiring and professional work atmosphere for our local and international clients. Since our inception, our focus has been providing the best of the best in terms of local production resources, locations, cast, and technical teams to ensure that whatever the production we facilitate, we do to highest standard possible.