Colorado Springs: COS150 celebration: "Then and Now" photo exhibit unveiling


Imagine crossing the Bijou Street Bridge many years ago like in this photo from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Although some things have changed, the view of Pikes Peak is still breathtaking. Bijou Street is the main downtown exit off Interstate 25.

Join us for the opening reception of Mike Pach's Colorado Springs Then and Now exhibit that celebrates our city's sesquicentennial.
  • View 50 pairs of "then and now" photos
  • Watch the debut of Jamey Hasting's documentary film about the creation of this project
  • See the premiere of the "Your Colorado Home" music video by Marcelle
  • Preview Mike's book Colorado Springs Then and Now

Exhibit Description

As part of the Colorado Springs Sesquicentennial celebration, photographer Mike Pach recreated historic images from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, the Pikes Peak Library District collections and other archives. Fifty of those photographs along with Mike's own modern interpretations will be on display from July 8th until August 31st.

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Program Description

Artist Mike Pach will open his Then and Now exhibit as a part of the Colorado Springs Sesquicentennial. At 6pm, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, PPLD Chief Librarian and CEO John Spears, and Pioneers Museum Curator Matt Mayberry will deliver opening remarks. A short documentary about making the Then and Now project and a music video will be debuted. Afterwards patrons can explore the newly installed exhibit and preview Mike's soon-to-be-released book.

Artist bio

Mike Pach was born in Chicago in 1967. He moved to St. Louis in 1989 after earning a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Parks College of St. Louis University.

He fell in love with the mountains and photography on his first visit to Colorado in 1984 during a five-day backpacking trip with a borrowed camera. He spent two summers in college working as a backcountry guide for Meet the Wilderness, the same organization that hosted his backpacking trip.

Pach moved to Pueblo in 1996 to fulfill his dream of living in Colorado and then moved to Colorado Springs in 2002. He started his first photography-related business in 2000 after his engineering career ended, and opened 3 Peaks Photography & Design in 2009.

Pach is an award-winning, internationally recognized photographer and speaker known for his 365-day project "Same Tree, Different Day." He founded and leads the Colorado Photography Learning Group.

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