Colorized Historic Photos.

I ran across this article from PetaPixel today. There’s a group of Photoshop guru’s that are colorizing historic black and white images and the results are astounding.

PetaPixel author, Michael Zhang, wrote the following article.

Colorizing Photoshoppers Put a New Spin on Old Historical Photos

Michael Zhang · Aug 21, 2013 

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There’s an awesome little subreddit that has been getting a lot of press coverage as of late. It’s called ColorizedHistory, and is a 20,000+ person strong community of “Amateur Historians” who are interested in the idea of creating high quality colorized versions of historical black-and-white photographs.

Unlike many other subreddits, this community is quite exclusive when it comes to submitted content. It’s not open to new contributors, and only a select number of Photoshop gurus on an approved list of submitters are allowed to submit colorized works. The rest of the community follows, enjoys, and comments on these pieces.

The colorized photographs themselves are from different eras in history. Some were created using old tintypes from the mid-1800s. Others are more recent, showing B&W scenes captured just decades ago.

All of them are the result of hours of careful editing by professional and amateur Photoshoppers who have both an eye for color and a desire to see what historical images would look like today if color photography had existed in past ages.

Here’s a photograph of General Joseph Hooker, captured by photographer Mathew Brady in 1862:

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…and a colorized version of that photograph by Mads Madsen, who can also be found on his website and on Facebook:

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To view the remainder of the article click here…. 

To check out the Colorized History group on Reddit click here…

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