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OKC 1991, OKC 2016 - Mark Klett, Time to Revisit our Town

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I've always been fascinated by a long out-of-print photo book featuring the work of Mark Klett. His "Photographing Oklahoma 1889/1991" captured a very different Oklahoma City - one that was still hit hard by the 1980s oil bust. His photos show just how much has changed, and also serve as a reminder that we are far stronger, far better off to face the current downturn.  I don't know what arrangements led to Mark Klett doing this book in 1991, but I'd love to see him come back for an update.

In the absence of such an update. or as a way of enticing him to such a project, I've added shots taken by The Oklahoman and other sources to show the extent of Oklahoma City's transformation:

Bricktown 1991:

Same view of Bricktown, 2016

NE 3, Deep Deuce, 1991

NE 3, Deep Deuce, 2016

Automobile Alley, 1991

Automobile Alley, 2016

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›

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