Thursday, January 9, 2014

Through the (Panoramic) Lens

I was fortunate enough to attend a presentation hosted by local historian Michael Kluckner at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre last month on the photographic work of William J. Moore. The panoramic photographs were all taken with a rotating No. 8 Cirkut camera and capture a remarkable collection of landscapes and portraits from early 20th century Vancouver. It is of course immediately striking how completely the identity of the city has changed in less than one hundred years. The images also beg the question, what will today's Vancouver look like as seen from one hundred years in the future?

An extensive collection of W.J. Moore's panoramic photographs have been digitized by the City of Vancouver Archives and posted here. The images are best viewed in the 'original' size setting, where the incredible resolution of the photographs (the original negatives measured 8 inches by as much as 8 feet) truly bring the historic landscape to life.

Downtown Vancouver from World Building (1921)

Pacific Construction Shipyard (1919)

CPR Terminal Dock (1926)

Reclamation of False Creek Flats (1921)

Stanley Park Causeway (1921)

Pennant Day at Capilano Stadium (1913)

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