Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stunning 1930s Jerusalem photos - I need a 3D wizard

One commenter named "lol", in the comments of my posting about old photos of Israel, mentioned a huge collection of old photos that can be found here.

Some of the most stunning photographs were taken from an airplane, apparently in 1936. The photographic quality is absolutely superb. You can download high resolution TIF images from the site, hosted by the Library of Congress.

It is easier to show you a video indicating how high quality the photos are as I zoom and pan across the Old City, concentrating on the beautiful Hurva and Tiferes Yisroel synagogues that were destroyed by Jordan in 1948, from multiple angles:

Now, I know that there is software out there to convert 2D images to 3D models. Can someone out there take these photos, and others on the site, and turn it into a complete model of what the Old City, specifically the Jewish Quarter, looked like before it was destroyed in 1948? I'm sure we can find documentation and experts who can identify buildings, streets and other landmarks so in the end we can have an accurate 3D atlas of how Jerusalem was, especially identifying all the destroyed synagogues that used to be found throughout the Old City.

Who's up for the challenge?