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Breathing colour into historical photographs

Colourised historical photographs really bring old black and white photographs to life. Some people prefer the original black and white versions and they certainly have value. Still, these colourised versions are wonderful.

I am fascinated by colourised historical photographs and enjoyed the Vox video titled “How obsessive artists colorize old photos“:

When I look at these old historical photographs that have been colourised digitally, it really brings these images to life. It shortens the distance in time between our time and the subjects’ times.

Black and white is certainly a powerful format, both for historical photos and for contemporary work. At the same time, there is something incredible about the work historical colourists do.

This work is remarkable. The video is well worth watching too.

If you are interested in seeing more of this work, here are the artists who Vox highlighted in their video show notes:

By Paul

Enthusiast, writer, Happiness Engineer at Automattic. I take photos too. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.

One reply on “Breathing colour into historical photographs”

Nathan Jeffery – George, South Africa – Results driven, technology strategist and business enthusiast. Fuelled by artisan coffee, I work remote, consulting on product development and infrastructure.
nuclearpengy says:

It’s incredible; definitely makes the images a lot more relatable.

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