Then and Now: Historic photo project shows how much Tampa has changed in the last century

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A new book, “Burgert Brothers: Another Look,” finds photographer Chip Weiner diving into more than 12,000 archival photos by iconic Tampa commercial photography firm Burgert Brothers. Weiner—a pre-pandemic contributor to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay—spent countless hours researching newspaper clippings in an attempt to meticulously recreate the Burgert photos by standing in the exact same spot, at the same time of day, with the same type of camera and lens. The result is a nearly 200-page must-have for any self-respecting Tampeño.

These are excerpts from the book, with the research and captions by Weiner, alongside his photos plus those from the Burgert archives curated and collected by the Hillsborough County Public Library Coalition and University of South Florida.

Read more about the book in the latest issue of CL, and buy the book online or at the Tampa Bay History Center gift shop.—Ray Roa

 

| Photos by Chip Weiner