5 Historic Black and White Pictures Restored in Color
The history of photography is only about two hundred years old and the period when it was possible to take coloured pictures is a lot shorter than that. However, colour makes us perceive the image we view as more realistic. Fortunately, there are communities of colourizing black and white photography enthusiasts, such as r/ColorizedHistory , that bring us emotionally closer to our roots with their work.
Thanks to the Reddit community “Colorized History”, people have shared famous historical black and white pictures that have been colorized by talented retouchers and photographers such as Andreas Larsson, Dana Keller, Jordan J Lloyd, Mads Madsen, Paul Edwards and Sanna Dullaway.
Full-length image of American actors Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) and Jane Russell standing in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theater while promoting director Howard Hawks’s film, ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,’ Hollywood, California. A woman is adjusting Monroe’s halter dress from behind.
Colorizing old photos can help them resonate a bit more with contemporary viewers, but they can also distort the historical record. However you feel about them, Twisted Sifter has put together an interesting collection of them. Check out their gallery for more colorized photos and the black and white originals and click on the images above to find out more about the events pictured.