Then-and-Now Street Portraits 40 Years in the Making

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All through the 70s, 80s, and 90s, paramedic and amateur street photographer Chris Porsz roamed Peterborough, England, capturing images of working-class locals who caught his eye.

My favourite style is candid, that is natural and unposed where possible. Mainly people, old characters with weathered faces, walking sticks up against the elements and adversity. I would mainly roam the city centre, where there was lots of activity… this great cosmopolitan mix, rich with characters that make great photos.

–Chris Porsz

Without meaning to, Porsz had been documenting a social record, and in 2009 decided to see whether he could track down some of his subjects, and see where the arcs of their lives had taken them. Which sounds like an impossible task: find subjects from hundreds of candid street portraits, persuade them to pose again – in the same location – then tell their stories.

It took seven years. The result: his new photo book Reunions, which includes the stories behind the pictures as channeled through writer Jo Riley — stories of growing up, growing apart, and, above all, change.

“It has been enormously satisfying to do so many reunions and seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they met up with old friends again. I’ve felt very privileged.”

–Chris Porsz in The Daily Mail

Before-and-after street portraits from the book Reunions by Chris Porsz
Dog and Tina: Original pic 1985 – Reunion pic March 2015
Before-and-after street portraits from the book Reunions by Chris Porsz
Eating Chips: Original Pic 1983 – Reunion Pic August 2016
Before-and-after street portraits from the book Reunions by Chris Porsz
Ice cream Seller: Original 1980 – Reunion July 2014
Before-and-after street portraits from the book Reunions by Chris Porsz
Out from behind the Curtains – Original Pic 1980 – Reunion pic January 2013
Before-and-after street portraits from the book Reunions by Chris Porsz
Railway Kiss: Original 1980 – Reunion, December 21, 2009
Before-and-after street portraits from the book Reunions by Chris Porsz
Double Bubble: Original 1980 – Reunion April 2012

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Images via Ufunk


 




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