Friday, September 18th, 2009
Pictures of Normandy 1944-Now

Historian photographer Patrick Elie finished a project where he took old photos from war-torn Normandy in 1944 and matched them with a current photo that he took of the same spot.  Since much of Normandy was re-created during the rebuilding process, there are some neat before-after shots here.

Shocking Photos of Normandy from D-Day and Today | WebUrbanist

Elie, who has devoted his life to chronicling D-Day and the effects of the war on his home country of France, worked tirelessly to find the exact locations of dramatic photographs from 1944 and then took his own photos of the modern-day sites.

  1. Angelo George
    12:12 am on October 21st, 2009 1

    saw the pix of Normandy. So very great. We are returning to Normandy and spending 6 nights at Gold Beach. Is there a book or other publication where I can bring these photos with us to see the sites in real life?

  2. The Runs
    2:48 pm on October 21st, 2009 2

    The website where the photos were originally displayed is:

    If you go to the Home page (link on the bottom), you can try emailing the webmaster. The photographer is named Patrick Elie.

  3. Dorothy A. Lund Nelson
    10:07 pm on October 30th, 2009 3

    I was impressed and quieted by your Normandy Photos. As I watched them, I wondered if you had thought of doing that in Korea. When I visited Korea in 2000, I was told over and over in the beautiful city of Seoul that it had been rubble just 40-50 years previous. I think it would make for an interesting photo shoot. – Dorothy

  4. The Runs
    1:14 am on October 31st, 2009 4

    For more info and pictures, be sure to check out the photographer’s website here:

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