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Pictures Around the World - In the Shadow of Leaves
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Pictures Around the World
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Q. Where did all these photos and the idea for the site come from?
A. From literally thousands of websites I have explored over the last 8 years. I started in mid-1994 after visiting Matthew Woore's "300 Skylines" page. The World City Photo Archive's earliest incarnation would be the collaboration I did with Matt in gathering new photos for his page, which was unique at the time. Ahh, the heady days of hunting fruitlessly high and low across the infant (and blessedly non-commercial) internet for photos of Antananarivo, Noril'sk.....but I digress :-)

Q. WHY do you do this?
A. I have always loved geography, maps, and comparative urban form. I got a university degree in it, in fact. And what better way to see the juicier parts of the world that are difficult to impossible to reach, unless you're Robert Pelton (bless you and your books, sir). You may notice that the photos I seek most diligently are those of underrepresented third-world nations and cities. Folks, these people, their problems, their solutions, and their societies, and their cities are much more interesting than their bland Old World and American equivalents. I see a stange beauty in the stark layouts of Soviet box apartments of the Russian cities (see Nizhnevartosk!). The modern architecture in Chinese cities is amazing and daring.

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