Seattle Now & Then
Seattle Now & Then

Publisher - Documentary Media Author - Paul Dorpat Photographer - Jean Sherrard

A new and inspiring compilation of a lifetime of documenting the city's heritage by Seattle public historian, Paul Dorpat. The most compelling and essential of Paul's 1,800 photo-history columns for the Sunday magazine of The Seattle Times. Each stunning "then" image is paired with a new, matching full-color "now" photographed by Jean Sherrard.

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"What a brilliant, time-traveling, stereoscopic view of Seattle. It contrasts past and present through historic images and deep research that put you in the Seattle of old alongside superb new photography rooted in the colorful present. It should thrill Seattle-loving NIMBYs and YIMBYs alike, no mean achievement!"

--Knute Berger, Seattle author

"Paul and Jean have created a treasure for all of us who love Seattle. Much more than a beautiful art book, this is a fascinating history of how Seattle has changed. It arrives at the perfect moment when Seattleites are focused on that subject and makes us think about the future of our precious city.

--Fran Bigelow, Seattle chocolatier

"This splendid book asks whether Seattle has traded in somewhere-ness--a rooted, distinctive, peculiar place--for anywhere-ness. It coyly avoids an answer but enriches the debate, with suggestions to reverse a tidal wave of blandness. Dorpat sneaks in a huge amount of Seattle history, sweetened with wit and his eye for the offbeat. No Seattle history book ever went down more easily. But watch out: It also sticks to your ribs!"

--David Brewster, Seattle publisher and organizational founder

"Every urban ziggurat has a unique story, and Seattle is morphing with dizzying speed into a future self. We all need to take a breath and pick up this remarkable book. Pour a drink, settle into your favorite chair, and let it build you a bridge to who we are and where we come from."

--Tom Douglas, Seattle restaurateur

"Paul Dorpat is the undisputed champion of telling the story of Seattle through photography. His partnership with contemporary photographer Jean Sherrard makes this book the jewel in his crown. A must-have for any collector of Northwest books.

--Marie McCaffrey, co-founder of HistoryLink

"Each time I pick up a new Paul Dorpat book, I find myself in another voyage of discovery, experiencing the story of our remarkable city as nowhere else. This newest Dorpat with Jean Sherrard's wonderful contemporary photography empowers us to peel the onion of Seattle's evolution--but without the tears!"

--Greg Nickels, former Seattle mayor

"The beauty, depth and rhythm of Seattle are found in the hearts, minds and souls of those who built, lived, worked and played in it. I am thankful for this walk through memory lane and the reinforcement of our dynamic city. It gives us life and legacy."

--Norm Rice, former Seattle mayor

"If Seattle decided to honor the civic equivalent of Japan's Living National Treasures, Paul Dorpat surely would make the list. He and Jean Sherrard, give newcomers a root-growth booster and remind old-timers what was here before, what's been lost and how much has survived despite all our grumbling. Like a living city, this whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

--Eric Scigliano, Seattle author

"These lyrical vignettes reveal the many-sided Seattle Story and provide a cultural portrait of our colorful and ever-changing cityscape. No other book about Seattle tells it better. I could hardly pull myself away."

--Peter Steinbrueck, Seattle public office-holder

Category: History Suggested Price: 49.95 Release Date: 10/28/2018 ISBN: 978-1-933245-53-9 Product Type: Paperback # Pages: 244