Swedish artist Sanna Dullaway has taken a number of historic black and white images and brought them to life by adding color. Dullaway is doing it to promote her business as a photo restorer.
The fascinating results has caught the media’s attention during the last few months and caused a lot of debate.
“Colorization is WRONG”, screamed one commenter on Huffington Post. “It is creating a lie by imposing an an artistic interpretation on historic images. The artist was not there so therefore cannot know what the true colors, shades, and subtleties were.” Another user mocks, “Lincoln wore a blue coat with a brown vest? And who did his makeup, a funeral director?”
As more reasonable commenters point out, the originals are intact so there is no need to get upset. Frankly, this is not the first time black and white pictures were colorized: photo manipulation and parodies of famous photos/videos appear on the Internet all the time, and colorization of old movies are happening from a long time. As long as the originals aren’t destroyed, people should stop getting so worked up on trivial matters.
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