These old photos are superimposed onto the new in this collection. A series of photos taken during the war in Paris, have been recaptured, and photoshopped together to produce a stunning collection of historical snaps.
As a picture can say a thousand words there is nothing more to say but to re-live the 'then' and 'now' of Paris from 1940 to 2010.
At the start of the Second World War, curators at the Louvre wasted no time when their collection was in danger and began to pack, crate and hide these treasures all around France. When the Nazis marched into Paris in 1940 and descended the Champs-Élysées, they later arrived at the Louvre and were surprised to see that a very large percentage of the museum had been emptied. The Venus de Milo was shipped out in a wooden crate, Veronese's Wedding Feast at Cana was rolled up and the Mona Lisa was sent to a private château and hung in a man's bedroom.
The Nazis filled the Louvre with stolen artwork from Jewish families and paintings thought to have little artistic or commercial value were shredded and burned. After the war, the artwork that was removed started to make its way back to the Louvre and many of the stolen pieces were later returned; however, there are still unclaimed pieces in the custody of the French government today.