Famous Black and White Photos Restored in Color

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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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8 comments:

  1. Oh wow, this is so cool! I think this is my new favorite Amusing Planet post. :)

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  2. I like them, it really brings history to life.

    When I was a little kid, I thought the world was actually in black & white!

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  3. i saw this article and tried my own hand at photo editing,but just messed up!

    if u dont have the brains for softwares like me, just do what i did!
    check this link http://www.keyindiagraphics.com
    they did an amazing job converting my B&W picture to color !

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    1. Not at all convincing considering your account is called "KeyIndiaGraphics"

      And frankly, if you were honest when you said you "don't have the brains for software" then I think it really isn't worth visiting your page if you are no better than me!

      I think your little advertising would work better if you said something along the lines of "I can help change black and white pictures to colour..."

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  4. Not cool. At all. But nothing to get bent out of shape about. I'm sure the first commercial uses of the images of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln were considered tactless, but we all survived okay.

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  5. I think it looks beautiful, although, I enjoy black and white photography because of the sharp contrast.

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  6. these are awesome there's bunch more on http://histolines.com/index.php

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