The Repeat Photography Project

The Repeat Photography Project showcases forestry-related sequences of photographs over time. The project is a collaboration between The Forest History Society and several other organizations. To get started, click on a map marker, use the search box, or use the Browse tab at the top of the page.

When you click on a map marker, the link inside of the info window that pops up will take you to a new page containing the first photo in a given repeat photography sequence. From there, follow the link at the top left to view photos and contextual information for the whole Sequence.

Repeat photography, the art of taking photographs of a specific location at two or more different times, is a powerful visual resource for scientific study and education in forest and landscape management. From working forests to wilderness areas, such photographic pairs or sequences can help us understand ecosystem processes, and effects of human and non-human disturbances. They can inform our concepts of sustainability, help us understand the implications of public policy, and assess the results of management decisions.

The Forest History Society has undertaken a project aimed at collecting sets of repeat photographs and providing a centralized location on the web for users to access, compare and interpret them. The images will come from both the FHS Photograph Collection and from institutional and individual collaborators. By providing an authoritative site on the subject we hope to identify previously unknown repeat photographic pairs and sequences, promote the creation of new repeat sets, and foster interest in the future uses of repeat photography.

An abandoned, eroded hillside in 1948 near Taylor, Mississippi in Lafayette County.
The same field in 1957 after planting with loblolly pine. The soil has been stabilized and the land is once more productive.

While many repeat photos of forested land exist, they are scattered in many locations, occur in widely different formats, and are relatively difficult to find. A centralized database will allow for photos to be searched by subject keyword, location, date, format, and photographer, among many other characteristics. Additionally, repeat photography sets will be presented with contextual information and individual images will be displayed at detailed resolution for comparison and analysis.

We welcome insights, recommendations and collaboration in making this valuable historical information more widely available. If you have photos, research ideas, or any other input that might help please contact the library staff at We appreciate your interest in the Repeat Photography Collection and look forward to sharing more with you soon. Stay tuned!