History Revised

Reddit user mygrapefruit and self-taught colorizer Sanna Dullaway has colorized famous photographs in history. You can find the entire 34-image collection on Imgur. Using a Wacom bamboo tablet and Photoshop, each photo takes anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours.

It’s an interesting project as it reminds us that while most historic photographs were in black and white, life itself was in the same vibrant color as today (derp). It tickles the mind as we are so accustomed to history portrayed in black and white.

It’s interesting to note that these images have stirred quite the controversy since going viral. Comments on sites like PetaPixel are quite critical, while on Reddit (where it was originally posted) the feedback has been generally positive. What do you think?

Technically, colorizing skill is superb. It requires great vision and understanding of color to accomplish such realistic outcomes.

2. Dorothy Counts by Douglas Martin


3. Operation Crossroads Event Baker Explosion


4. Abraham Lincoln Portrait


5. Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh


6. V-J Day in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt


7. Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange


8. August Strindberg Portrait


9. Fridtjof Nansen


10. Albert Einstein


11. Charles Darwin


12. Theodore Roosevelt


13. Abandoned Boy After London Bombing WWII by Toni Frissell


14. Self-Immolation of Thich Quang Duc by Malcolm Browne


15. Anne Frank

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