This Photographer Tracked Down Strangers He Shot 40 Years Ago

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Chris Porsz, a photographer from Peterborough, began taking street portraits of people he met while living in the city. Porsz has been trying to find these subjects for the past few decades and asked them to pose for recreation of those old photos. “Reunions” is the name of this ambitious project.

Porsz had to be a detective to follow up on obscure leads. Some subjects were easy to find.

This project shows how people’s appearances change throughout their lives, from their older looks to their different fashion tastes. The project describes the photos as a “fascinating collection” of life stories that also serves as a valuable social record of an ever-changing city.

Chris Porsz, a paramedic, spent hours wandering around Peterborough in the 1970s and 1980s snapping photos of everyday people. Porsz was known as the “paramedic parazzo” because of the charming and authentic photos he took.

Porsz is back to his original project almost 40 years later. Porsz decided to go back to his original photos and find the people who took them. The final result is almost as refreshing and inspiring as the original photos.

Porsz spent seven years trying to find his subjects and persuading them to adopt the same pose they used to do.

We’re glad he did because it’s a fascinating look at how people’s faces have changed or how they still look the same. It is amazing how these people look so similar to their younger selves. You can see the similarities in the shapes and eyes of their faces.

Porsz’s latest project was more than just a reunion between photographer and subject, it was also an opportunity to reunite with the people featured in the photos — many had not seen them for years.

It is amazing to see friends or ex-friends bond together for the first time in many years.

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Porsz, along with Jo Riley, has collected photos and stories to create a book appropriately-titled Reunions. It is now available on his website.

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