My Grand-Pere’s World

For more than half a century, my grandfather has spent every spare moment exploring the world, and photographing his journey. 80 countries. 20,000 high-quality, old-fashioned slides. Now each day, thanks to our digital world (and with a little help from his grandson!) he can share those places and faces and memories of a life well-traveled.

Read more about this very different kind of Internet slide show.

A Photographer's Exception

India 2017-01-16 13:13:07

I'm an analog kind of photographer: I started taking pictures in the 1950s, when film was still somewhat expensive — meaning that even though I now own a digital camera, I've never really gotten used to taking lots of shots of the same subject. But some of the world's wonders, like the Taj Mahal, are worth being photographed in different lights and at different zoom levels. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World.

Welsh Ward

United Kingdom 2017-01-12 13:03:23

On the northwestern coast of Wales, my wife Claudine was pacing the ramparts of Harlech Castle, looking out toward the peaceful Welsh countryside. Some 700 years ago, watchmen walking the same path would have been looking at the sea, which has since retreated. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World.

Plastic Trees

Indonesia 2017-01-11 17:47:09

The sap harvested from these Pará rubber trees on the Indonesian island of Java coagulates in the yellow collection cups, and voilà, here's your rubber latex. Or as we say in France, caoutchouc ! See more slides from My Grand-Père's World.

Of Fallen Armies

Thailand 2017-01-09 17:31:58

These wooden statues of Thai gods and warriors, in a carving workshop in southeastern Thailand's Sanctuary of Truth, conjure up memories of other immutable soldiers: China's famous Terracotta Army. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World.

Nooks And Parties

Spain 2017-01-06 17:57:53

The Spanish island of Ibiza is not reserved for beach-goers and party animals only. It's also rich with nice villages and seaside resorts with old olive trees like this one. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World.

Indonesian Hercules

Indonesia 2017-01-05 17:34:13

Sunda Kelapa, the old port of Jakarta, was the perfect place to snap some portraits of Indonesian stevedores at work. Balance is everything. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World.

Sorry, Monkey

Mexico 2017-01-04 14:38:48

Sorry, little spider monkey of Crococun zoo, near Cancun: My favorite zoo is still Hamburg's Tierpark Hagenbeck. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World.

Shadow Of A Prayer

Syria 2017-01-03 15:44:57

Like elsewhere in Syria's largest city, parts of the Great Mosque of Aleppo, where this man was praying peacefully more than 20 years ago, have since been destroyed.

Fistful Of Pesetas

Spain 2016-12-22 17:25:55

For a fistful of dollars (actually, pesetas), I was able to visit Tabernas and its movie sets that were used in Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns in the 1960s. Cue some chords from Ennio Morricone ...

Pristine Ruins

Algeria 2016-11-16 09:49:14

Timgad, in the Aurès Mountains of Algeria, is sometimes nicknamed "the Pompeii of Africa." The Roman grid plan of this city, where my wife and daughter were walking, is remarkably well preserved.