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Student photographer imagines herself as a teenager from every decade in the last hundred years [20 pics]

May 3, 2014 By Abraham

For a class project, budding photographer Annalisa Hartlaub imagined herself as a teenager in every decade since the 1920’s. In one photo she is mainstream and beside it she emulates the counter-culture of the time. And for all the photos, she filtered them to imitate how photos of each era look…


Decades of Photography - 1920s


Decades of Photography - 1930s


Decades of Photography - 1940s


Decades of Photography - 1950s


Decades of Photography - 1960s


Decades of Photography - 1970s


Decades of Photography - 1980s


Decades of Photography - 1990s


Decades of Photography - 2000s


Decades of Photography - 2010s

(via Huffington Post)


  1. Kevin says:

    The only comment I have is most of my old family pics from the 20’s are in much better shape than that. Those look more like turn of the century photos. I would have also liked to have seen some winged back hair for one of the 70’s shots. Apart from those very minor criticisms, nice job.

  2. Shelly says:

    I like the idea but as a professional photographer and majored in history, the images are not close to the accuracy or close enough look is not correct. the 1920s did not use tin plates,which is more 1800s to early teens so that throws me off as to the look. The 1930s look more like 1940s. the 1950s are not even close to the 1950s look(grease anyone?) , however, the one on the right is slightly closer to the 1960s. the one on the left for 1960s was more early 2000s ( and seriously no beehive look? :) ). The 70s is much closer to the actual look and 1990s.The image on the left of the 80s is more 1980s.It’s a fun idea to do but can be pricy if done right.

    1. Kathleen says:

      Clearly, but since this 16 year old is neither a professional photographer or a history major (context is everything – didn’t you learn that in your history classes?) you have to admit that the concept is ambitious and well executed given her youth.

      I think that people who are so quick to criticize should think about what they managed to produce at 16 (and if they are willing to put those things online?)

      1. GBLovestoryographer says:

        You are 100% right Kathleen….regardless of accuracy a 16 year just did a awesome job at coming up with a original concept….at 16 I couldn’t come up with what color eye shadow I wanted to wear :)

    2. Melissa says:

      Too bad you didn’t get taught simple reading comprehension. This was for a school project, not done by some uppity “Professional.”

      1. ChainsawHandz says:

        Speaking of reading comprehension, the only time the word “professional” appeared was when Shelly was referring to herself–not the photographer.

          1. Crystal says:

            How will our youth ever grow if we’re too afraid to offer constructive criticism? Here someone offered a trained view and you all are bashing on it. Of all of the comments that have surely been made on this series’, those similar to Shelly’s is what I hope this girl reads.

  3. Judy says:

    I think the photographer did an awesome job! She has a great future, and I hope she will be able to leap over her harshest critics in a single bound.

  4. Lisa Abbott says:

    I loved the 1920’s pairing the most. I think she did a great job, better than some adults. The idea is an interesting concept, but I would love to see her push it even more by making the counter culture even further out there. I would also love to see her make the pairing of ancient times as well. It would be incredibly interesting to see perhaps roman, greek, egyptian, maya, etc. culture pairings. The concept reminds me of a photo called “How the Other Half Lives” by Jacob Riis, her work isn’t the same as his but her portrayal of how one part of society lives and how another lives reminds me of his photo. I can’t wait to see what she does in the future.

  5. Larry says:

    This rocks! There are always going to be negativity so embrace it as constructive criticism. Your work is incredible for your age or it wouldn’t be on here. Keep working hard as it’s paying off.

  6. Todd says:

    Well I’m jealous. If you look at all the costumes I’ve owned, I’ve done centuries of imagination with tons of pics to back it up. However, middle-aged men don’t go viral. Sigh. (BTW – My favorite years are the 20’s and 80’s) Good Job!

  7. sherry says:

    People can give constructive criticism, wow, its ok people. It was a good concept, but could have been better. Thats all they are saying. 2010-I didnt like at all, dont know anybody looking like that-but good concept. I would like to see someone do it by centuries also.

  8. Toby says:

    I’ll bet you could get a kickstarter going to raise money to get this done to a new level. As mentioned it’s not perfect, but it is still awesome – the concept is a really good one.

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