We can tell what Manchester used to be like by looking at old photos and illustrations. But Andrew Farris has gone a step further by travelling the world taking photographs and juxtaposing them with old photos and pictures taken from the same spot.

He was in Manchester earlier this year and took some photos which illustrate how dramatically the city has changed – not always for the better – and, occasionally, hardly changed at all. We think you’ll agree the results are fascinating.

Piccadilly Gardens

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

Albert Square

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

Portland and Princess Street

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

Back Turner Street, Northern Quarter

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

Blackfriars Bridge (toward Salford)

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

Oldham Street, Northern Quarter

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

Shude Hill Market

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

Whitworth Street

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

Thomas Street

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

IN PICTURES: Manchester Then and Now I Love Manchester

What has changed for the better and what hasn’t? Let us know what you think.

For more pictures of Manchester, visit his interactive blog, hover over the pictures and activate the fade in and fade out effect with dramatic results!

Follow Andrew @onthisspotblog

Then photos are courtesy of the Manchester City Council Local Image Collection.

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