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 🙂
Original Photograph by Toni Frissell Colorized by HansLucifer | valdigtmycketfarg.wordpress.com
I’ve also provide a list of some of the top contributors (in no particular order):
Original Photograph by Bob Willoughby | Prints available Colorized by traquea on Reddit
Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit) | Photo Chopshop on Facebook
– 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 Time & Life Pictures Colorized by zuzahin on Reddit | Website | Colorizedhistory on Facebook
11. Joseph Goebbels scowling at photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt after finding out he’s Jewish, 1933
13. W.H. Murphy and his associate demonstrating their bulletproof vest on October 13, 1923
Colorized by Sanna Dullaway | forrifarg.se | Facebook | Prints available
“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
Adding a selective splash of color to a black-and-white image leverages the most powerful features of both black-and-white and color photography. The color provides striking contrast that immediately draws your eye to the colorized subject — most often the main focal point of the photo. You instinctively scan the rest of the picture and pick up on the emphasized pattern and texture play against the color contrast, causing a truly enhanced viewing experience [sources: Design-Lib; Morton; Ghodke].
Colorized by zuzahin on Reddit | Website | Colorizedhistory on Facebook
Original Photograph by Frank Worth Photo | Prints available Colorized by malakon on Reddit
Think about how many times you’ve flipped through a magazine and seen it: a black-and-white image spread across the page, with a bold splash of color highlighting part of the scene. Maybe it’s the blue eyes of a model, or the bright plumage of a bird as it wings across the page, but that simple break from the monochrome background draws your eye and captures your attention.
8. Albert Einstein, Summer 1939 Nassau Point, Long Island, NY
Original Photograph by Dorothea Lange Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit) | Photo Chopshop on Facebook
The use of color accents in a black-and-white photograph is an old technique — older, in fact, than color photography. (Originally, the color was painted onto photographic prints.) The trick goes in and out of vogue with advertisers, but peruse any magazine rack long enough and you’re almost guaranteed to find at least one example. And although this special effect is most often found in professional photography, modern photo editing software puts it within easy reach of any interested amateur.
Colorize Photos Use Deep Learning to Automatically Colorize Black and White Photos
7. Big Jay McNeely driving the crowd at the Olympic Auditorium into a frenzy, Los Angeles, 1953
If You’ve Never Seen How Fast Bears Can Climb Trees You Need to See This
Below you will find a collection of some of the highest rated colorized images to date on r/ColorizedHistory.
Original Photograph by National Photo Company Colorized by zuzahin on Reddit | Website | Colorizedhistory on Facebook
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4. View from Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee During the Civil War, 1864
15. British troops cheerfully board their train for the first stage of their trip to the western front – England, September 20, 1939
Categories: ART, BEST OF, HISTORY, LISTS, STORIES Tags: · black and white, colorized, photoshop, portraits
Original Photograph by Napoleon Sarony Colorized by Dana Keller | History in Color on Facebook
Original Photograph by John Vachon Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit) | Photo Chopshop on Facebook
Original Photograph by John Vachon | Prints available @ Shorpy.com Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd (photojacker on Reddit) | Photo Chopshop on Facebook
How to Create Black-and-White Photographs with Color Accents
But in an era when color photography can capture the most subtle shades nature throws at us, why does black-and-white photography still hold such sway? Part of the answer has to do with how we’re wired to process visual information. Color is a powerful force for driving our focus — the hunter-gatherer instincts that helped us spot animals hiding in the bush now draw us to pick out the color that doesn’t seem to belong in a scene. Take away the color from even a familiar image, however, and our minds are thrown for a perceptual loop. We may impose remembered hues on an object seen in black-and-white, but we’re also likely to become much more aware of the texture, patterns and shading in the image. These attributes would still be there in a color photo, but they take front-and-center in black-and-white.
For such a complex effect, it’s an easy one to achieve with modern editing software. The specific process for the program you use may vary slightly, but the instructions on the next two pages will give you a big head start toward learning to add color accents to black-and-white photos.
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.