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Historical Photos Come to Life With Colors

By Joseph Cha on November 15th 2013

There is a community on reddit called “Colorized History” that colorizes historical black and white photos. The results are a beautiful blend of historical significance and modern colorized aesthetics.

I love black and white photography, but these colorized historical photos look gorgeous. For me, these color photos evoke more nostalgia and emotions than they would if left in their original black and white. I think because these photos are journalistic, adding the color adds another dimension of realism to the photos. Check out the photos below and see for yourself.

[Rewind: World War I Composite Photo]

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Abandoned Boy Holding Stuffed Animal. London 1945

 

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Albert Einstein Relaxing in NY

 

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Auto Wreck in Washington DC 1921

 

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British Troops On Their Way to the Frontline 1939

 

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Nashville Tennessee During Civil War in 1864

 

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Easter Eggs For Hitler 1944

 

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Girls Deliver Ice September 16, 1918

 

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Hindenburg Disaster May 6, 1937

 

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Japanese Archers 1860

 

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Two Survivors From The Battle Of Gettysburg On The 50th Anniversary July 1913

 

Have you colorized any black and white photos? How did it turn out? Share your experiences and techniques in the comments!

[Source: Lostateminor]

About

I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

3 Comments

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  1. Chan Krish

    Beautiful.. stunning.. refreshing!

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  2. GioPhoto

    Great Stuff. Color gives these images a kick of realism.

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  3. Hanssie

    Wow! It really gives them another dimension. Very cool!

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