Ablak a Multra a ‘Window to the Past’ in Budapest’s History


Kerenyi Zoltan is a Hungarian architect from Budapest who came up with an astonishing idea of combining old and new Budapest in an ongoing series of photos in a project called Ablak a multra, or a Window to the past.

The idea is simply brilliant. By merging old photos of Budapest with the new ones, taking care of the perfect angle, Zoltan managed to take the people of Budapest to the past times (many of the pictures are over half a century old), but only by portraying them through familiar present day locations that they feel connected with. This way, the observer has the opportunity to experience the old Budapest more personally than he would just by looking at old photos.

Many of the historic cities from around the world should try to adopt Zoltan’s idea, as this might bring closer the two eras that, from this point of view, seem widely set apart.

Ablak a Multra A Window to the Past at the Kelety train station in Budapest

Ablak a Multra A Window to the Past at a school in Budapest

Ablak a Multra A Window to the Past in a library in Budapest

Ablak a Multra A Window to the Past at the skating ring in Budapest

Ablak a Multra A Window to the Past in Budapest

Ablak a Multra A Window to the Past with a scenery of Budapest

Ablak a Multra A Window to the Past of a restaurant on the Danube in Budapest

Ablak a Multra A Window to the Past with an exploded cable car in Budapest

Ablak a Multra A Window to the Past with a tank on a boulevard in Budapest

Ablak a Multra A Window to the Past in Budapest

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