Photographer Julien Knez recently put together a collection of images to celebrate the anniversary of the city’s liberation from Nazi control, which occurred in August 1944. Knez found old photos of Paris taken during the 1940’s and blended them with modern-day photos of the same locations. These images include many historical locations, and the sharp contrast between the past and present provides a strange, eerie nostalgia. In these images, the ghosts of the past seem on the verge of leaping out at the modern-day pedestrians. Check out the images for yourself, for they certainly convey a profound, palpable sense of time and history.
This photo of marching soldiers was taken before the Louvre. At the beginning of World War II, the most important pieces of art were removed from the famous museum, such as the Mona Lisa, and were sent to Château de Valençay. During the war, the famous museum remained nearly empty.