In his short film “The Old New World,” artist and animator Alexey Zakharov has animated historical photographs from the early 1900s, bringing them to life. Featuring historic street views of cities like New York, Detroit, Boston, and Washington D.C., Zakharov’s video takes still photos and fills them with bustling traffic, speeding trains, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Blending the photographic styles of the era with contemporary animation techniques, Zakharov’s mixed media project showcases the evolution of visual media over the last century. The video is simultaneously an inventive application of contemporary animation technologies and a charming stroll through the cities of the past. Check it out above.

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