New York Times Magazine revisits 9 classic images from its archive

For a new online feature titled “Time Lapse,” the editors of The New York Times Magazine selected nine photos from the upcoming book The New York Times Magazine Photographs and had the subjects rephotographed, as well as interviewed. It’s fascinating to see how these people changed in the years since their photos were taken for the magazine, and the ways in which they’ve remained the same. There’s also comfort to be had in reading some of the updates; it’s a relief, for example, to learn that the 15-year-old Brooklyn girl carrying her newborn and looking hardly older than a child herself, is happy and thriving, as is her daughter.

The New York Times Magazine Photographs, which was edited by Kathy Ryan, the magazine’s director of photography, will be published by Aperture in October. It’s a testament to the mastery of these photographers, and to the visual acuity of the magazine’s photo staff, that these nine images remain as striking now as they were when first published. I can’t wait to see the book.

Here are some screenshots of “Time Lapse,” which features work by Richard Burbridge, Nan Goldin, Katy Grannan, Lauren Greenfield, Sally Mann, Mary Ellen Mark, Sebastião Salgado, Sage Sohler, and Scott Thode.

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Then and now (from left): Annie Kieren, Hannah Zumberge, and Alli Deckas. The top photo, taken in 1998, appeared in "Being 13," a special issue about the everyday lives of young teens. Both photos by Lauren Greenfield.

Audrey Wilber, seen at left at age 5 in 1999, as she appeared in a story titled "In the Shadow of Wealth," a series of portraits of the invisible poor. Photos by Katy Grannan.

Jeanette Alejandro and her daughter Chastity. Alejandro, pictured at top in 1978 at age 15, was featured in "Children of Desire," an article about a teenage mother with an uncertain future. Photos by Mary Ellen Mark.

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For more “Time Lapse,” go here. To preorder a copy of The New York Times Magazine Photographs, go here.

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