History books, for the most part, contain black and white photos. This is, of course, due to the fact that color photography may still be in its infancy at the time or probably wasn’t even invented yet.
So yes, it’s a given that majority of the images from the first half of the 20th century are merely in monochrome.
Marina Amaral, however, took it to herself to change that.
With her natural love for history and undeniably awesome Photoshop skills, Marina decided to add color to some vintage photos. The results, needless to say, are quite fascinating. The colors definitely added life and emotion to the old black and white pictures.
On her website, Marina wrote:
“Color has the power to bring the life back to the most important moments.
Coloring black and white photos is an art that requires a deep work of research, analysis of each object to make it be as realistic as possible, historical knowledge and enough respect to value and preserve every detail in each story. It is a complex process able to transport us to anywhere. When we look at the photo in color, we can easily have the feeling that we are living that moment again.”
Go scroll down and check the stunning colored versions along with the original b&w images:
1. The burning monk
2. Victim of American bombing
3. An orphan boy in London
4. A French boy introducing himself to Indian Soldiers
5. Abraham Lincoln
6. Airmail pilot
7. Elvis and Priscilla Presley with baby Lisa Marie
8. Broad Street, New York
9. John And Jacqueline Kennedy
10. Three French Kids looking at a German tank
11. Wobbelin Concentration Camp inmates
12. Medics from the Us 5th And 6th Engineer Special Brigade
13. A store owner
14. Polish refugees
15. Winston Churchill
16. Canadian soldiers during World War II
17. Unemployed men In San Francisco
18. New York on D Day
19. Crew Of an Acs M10 (wolverine)
20. Brothers Robert, Edward and John F. Kennedy
Marina further said:
“Every completed work has gone through long and in depth research, and is supported by the opinions of experts in each particular area if necessary, to faithfully reproduce the original colors and atmosphere.”
Our hats are off to you, Marina, for your incredible work. Thank you for allowing us to see and appreciate history through new eyes.
Go check out more of Marina’s stuff over at her official site.
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