Body of a Confederate soldier in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.Marina Amaral
7. Big Jay McNeely driving the crowd at the Olympic Auditorium into a frenzy, Los Angeles, 1953
Hollywood heroes have also got the Amaral treatment. She has returned to James Dean more than once, while a young Grace Kelly and Debbie Reynolds look vibrant in colour.
One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the Sifter’s personal favourites is r/ColorizedHistory. The major contributors are a mix of professional and amateur colorizers that bring historic photos to life through color. All of them are highly skilled digital artists that use a combination of historical reference material and a natural eye for colour.
8. Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 Nassau Point, Long Island, NY
“It’s a really special feeling to know that I can give so much joy to people through my work — especially when I work with family photos because I understand the value that each picture has for them.”
These historical black-and-white photos have been transformed into colour masterpieces by a 21-year-old Brazilian artist
Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit) | Photo Chopshop on Facebook
These historical black-and-white photos have been transformed into colour masterpieces by a 21-year-old Brazilian artist These historical black-and-white photos have been transformed into colour masterpieces by a 21-year-old Brazilian artist
But it’s not all war and atrocity. Amaral also likes breathing new life into some of the best-known faces in human history. Here’s a youthful John F. Kennedy in 1957.
Original Photograph by Dorothea Lange Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit) | Photo Chopshop on Facebook
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Amaral thinks this is the most powerful image she has created. It features a 14-year-old Polish girl, Czeslawa Kwoka, who was sent to the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz with her mother in 1942. Both died within three months.
– zuzahin aka Mads Madsen [website, facebook] – mygrapefruit aka Sanna Dullaway [website, facebook] – klassixx aka Dana Keller [facebook page] – photojacker aka Jordan J. Lloyd [facebook page] – HansLucifer [website] – BenAfleckIsAnOkActor – malakon – Edvos aka Paul Edwards – traquea
Original Photograph by Toni Frissell Colorized by HansLucifer | valdigtmycketfarg.wordpress.com
She started with a portrait of an American Civil War soldier. Her first effort was “horrendous,” Amaral says, but she was “really proud” when it was finished. “I am a very curious and creative person,” she says.
Colorized by zuzahin on Reddit | Website | Colorizedhistory on Facebook
“I received a video showing a woman’s reaction when receiving a photo of her parents that I restored,” the artists says. “It was a Christmas gift that her son gave to her. She cried after seeing the photo, and I cried watching the video.
Original Photograph by Frank Worth Photo | Prints available Colorized by malakon on Reddit
13. W.H. Murphy and his associate demonstrating their bulletproof vest on October 13, 1923
Original Photograph by National Photo Company Colorized by zuzahin on Reddit | Website | Colorizedhistory on Facebook
Original Photograph by John Vachon | Prints available @ Shorpy.com Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit) | Photo Chopshop on Facebook
15. British troops cheerfully board their train for the first stage of their trip to the western front – England, September 20, 1939
Amaral is particularly drawn to images of conflict. Some of her most arresting work captures soldiers on the frontline of various wars. From British soldiers in World War I trenches …
Amaral is also commissioned by publishers, magazines, TV stations, and museums. “Each segment is different and wants different types of photos, so it’s really fun to work with people from all of these areas,” she says.
The 21-year-old is drawn to emotive pictures of conflict, but she also breathes life into iconic figures from history in a way you have never seen before. Scroll on to see some Amaral’s most arresting and moving work.
Private commissions are a big part of her work, and one was particularly memorable.
“I was told he had come back from playing and found his house a shambles—his mother, father and brother dead under the rubble…he was looking up at the sky, his face an expression of both confusion and defiance. The defiance made him look like a young Winston Churchill. This photograph was used by IBM to publicize a show in London. The boy grew up to become a truck driver after the war, and walking past the IBM offices, he recognized his picture.” – Toni Frissell
And this? This is Amaral. She tells Business Insider her dream project would be to restore images of Ancient Egypt — but that might just be the one Photoshop job that proves too challenging for the talented Brazilian.
Brazilian artist Marina Amaral has an amazing talent for transforming black-and-white photos into colour.
11. Joseph Goebbels scowling at photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after finding out he’s Jewish, 1933
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When we see old photos in black and white, we sometimes forget that life back then was experienced in the same vibrant colours that surround us today. This gallery of talented artists helps us remember that 🙂
Below you will find a collection of some of the highest rated colorized images to date on r/ColorizedHistory.
4. View from Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee During the Civil War, 1864
Photos can take from 40 minutes to multiple months to complete. “Each photo has a different level of complexity and details, and that’s what will determine how long the process will take,” she says.
Amaral also spotlights everyday people, like this family gathered around a water fountain in New York City’s Central Park.
New York banana docks, sometime between 1890 and 1910.Marina Amaral
Colorized by Sanna Dullaway | forrifarg.se | Facebook | Prints available
A French boy introducing himself to Indian soldiers, who were in Marseille to help Allied forces in World War I in 1914.Marina Amaral
SEE ALSO: These photos show how your face changes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Original Photograph by Time & Life Pictures Colorized by zuzahin on Reddit | Website | Colorizedhistory on Facebook
I’ve also provide a list of some of the top contributors (in no particular order):
From big-screen royalty to a real queen: This is a 14-year-old Queen Elizabeth II.
… to medics helping wounded US soldiers on Omaha beach in 1944 …
Original Photograph by Bob Willoughby | Prints available Colorized by traquea on Reddit
Amaral colours every individual detail by hand on Photoshop. She says the hundreds of layers of colour come together to create the “atmosphere that I want in each image.”
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Original Photograph by Napoleon Sarony Colorized by Dana Keller | History in Color on Facebook
And a relaxed Thomas Edison, often described as America’s greatest inventor.
Amaral says: “Every day I get messages from people saying that they were able to truly understand the Holocaust only after seeing this image in colour. That’s always been my goal, so I feel really proud of it.”
Great thinkers of our time: Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Alexander Graham Bell.
“I’ve always been fascinated by history since I was a kid,” artist Marina Amaral told Business Insider. She stumbled upon some colourised historical images on an internet forum and “felt instantly tempted to give it a go.
” Amaral has now built a career out of her hobby.
Original Photograph by John Vachon Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit) | Photo Chopshop on Facebook
Driven by a fascination for history, she is lovingly faithful to the image’s context. It’s a painstaking process, she tells Business Insider, involving intense research and often months of Photoshop work.
“Research is essential,” she adds. “I never start a job without having gathered as much information as possible, because that’s what makes the colours historically accurate.”