Many of the colorized photo collections we’ve covered here on have one thing in common, and it’s that the differences between those before-and-after images are pretty stark.
And that’s what makes them so fascinating. By adding color to monochromatic photographs, artists blur the line between us and them by forcing us to confront history in hues that we recognize. Although they’re beautiful, the experience of viewing such photographs is often jarring. That is a deliberate stylistic choice.

But French photographer Julien Knez wanted to take a different approach to this concept by merging different worlds into seamless images that weave vintage photographs into the fabric of contemporary Paris.

After finding photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Knez decided to bring these iconic scenes and subjects back into the fold.

After finding photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Knez decided to bring these iconic scenes and subjects back into the fold.

Tour Eiffel, 1900