How obsessive artists colorize old photos

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Photo colorization artists use a combination of research, physics, and technology to digitally reconstruct history's black and white record.

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Photo colorization isn’t just coloring within the lines — it requires meticulous research to make sure that every detail is historically accurate. The color of military uniforms, signs, vehicles, and world fashion spanning decades needs to be accounted for before even opening digital software like Photoshop. That means digging through sources like diaries, government records, old advertisements, and even consulting historical experts to get the colors right.

But even after the arduous research, restoration, and blending of color, the image still isn’t finished. In order to achieve true photorealism, the physics of how light works in the atmosphere needs to be taken into account. Colors look different depending on the lighting conditions when the photo was taken, so artists rely on shadows and the location of light to make an educated guess about the time of day in a black-and-white photo.




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Автор — Vox

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wow what an incredible topic, I'm so glad for this channel, the amount of effort, time and twlent it takes to restore these photos is astounding, it's kinda like time travelling, amazing what just adding color can do

Автор — Truth

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1:12 But adding color to black and white photos isn't *n-*

Автор — TheXpender

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I've wondered how they did this, I always assumed it would be difficult but I never realized that it is, and people do it anyway. And I'm astounded by how it changes things; in museums I've seen color paintings of ordinary-looking people from centuries ago, but I never realized how much black-and-white photographs distance themselves from the present.

Автор — DaaaahWhoosh

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I think, for me at least, it's the fact that the colourization makes history feel a lot less old and the realization that these photos were captured in our world and not in a distant time. plus, we feel like we understand what the moment of that photo was like, what did WWII look like to a regular soldier or, what did the clothing styles look like in the 1800s, what colours were popular, what materials were used, etc. One feels connected with history. No longer does your grandparents story feel so distant.

Автор — Farrsharp

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My dad was in ww2 and i asked him if he minded colorization of movies or photos from that era.he said why the hell not.we wernt living in black and white.he also said the atmosphere seemed more smoggy and smokey in those days though.

Автор — c hr

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Oh, WOW. I did not expect the addition of color to make such a huge difference, but it really does make those photos seem like they happened yesterday, and not in some ancient time I've never quite been able to wrap my head around.

Автор — ErykaSoleil

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-nice kind calming voice- YEAH IT'S A SHITLOAD OF WORK!

Автор — Ruby Neighbour

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Criticizing something like this is so stupid. There's nothing special about black-and-white pictures. They're just black-and-white because we hadn't figured out a way to take color ones. So making them color is not only cool, but it's also about making them timeless.

Автор — Luiz Souza

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I'd like them to see re-color a old moive

Автор — conflict gamer

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Great work sir... You colorized 3 old photographs for my nephew in Texas, that he gifted me during his wedding ceremony. Two old pictures of my parents and my dad with his B17 bomber and crew circa 1942... These are the best gifts I have ever received. Thank you!

Автор — Rooster Cogburn

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Hey those dumb critics... i love the color

Автор — Arun Sooknarine

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Wow! The colorization really makes those time periods look more relatable. Incredible.

Автор — Onyx VII7

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The future will be removing dog filters from our photos 😅

Автор — Averil Mae

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If it really bothers you that much that somebody is colorizing a picture, just hang the black and white version on your wall and then sit on your thumb.

Автор — Keegan Carney

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I feel like they should start showing colored historical photos in schools. Just watching how the colors came gave it life in my opinion, it made me actually feel these were actual people, (they were of course but you know what I mean) not some history page. It might insight people to care more about the past to see them as someone who you could pass by on the street, and even be friends with.

Автор — Chubby Heart

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Suddenly past doesn't seem so long ago.

Автор — ashish engineer

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The critics are ridiculous. This is truly incredible

Автор — Mina F

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I feel like this process would be particularly effective for WW1 remembrance. Since it was overshadowed by WW2 and written off as just a shitshow where soldiers were sent to be cut up by machine guns by incompetent generals, it is simply written off but looking at colourised photos really brings the whole conflict to life.

Автор — Gabe Spiro

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They should definitely be colorized. The people who took the photos did so out of necessity, and would have used color photography if the tech existed, rather than those tedious contemporary methods to add it afterwards.

It reminds me of the recent discoveries about Greek and Roman marble sculptures being colored to reflect life. We've always striven for realism in our art, and color is essential to that.

Автор — Sword of Tauberg