20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized



One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the Sifter’s personal favourites is r/ColorizedHistory. The major contributors are a mix of professional and amateur colorizers that bring historic photos to life through color. All of them are highly skilled digital artists that use a combination of historical reference material and a natural eye for colour.

When we see old photos in black and white, we sometimes forget that life back then was experienced in the same vibrant colours that surround us today. This gallery of talented artists helps us remember that 🙂

Below you will find a collection of some of the highest rated colorized images to date on r/ColorizedHistory.

I’ve also provide a list of some of the top contributors (in no particular order):

zuzahin aka Mads…

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3 Responses to 20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

  1. I revisited this post, looking at the ways the original B&W photos were colorized.
    I am not a fan of colorization of black and white photos, or films, on general principles; it seems to me that it’s a perversion of the original intent of the photographer; if they had wanted the image in color, they would have found a way to use color film. (This was one of the big things I had against Ted Turner when he bought the MGM film library and started colorizing it willy-nilly.)
    If the photographer wouldn’t, or couldn’t, use color, for whatever reason, it doesn’t seem to me to be a viable option to change the original vision.
    Technically, it *can* be done, of course, but the issue here is *should* it?
    Your mileage may vary.

    • Hi AFW! How are you? I quite agree. The feeling is compromised by coloring the photos. I much prefer them in B&W, but was curious to see the color version. That said, there is one movie I absolutely prefer in color for some strange reason, and it is It’s a Wonderful Life. Strange, that, isn’t it? 🙂 Hope you are well!

      • We’re well… we’ve been moving… and you happened to hit the ONE movie I just CAN NOT watch. I find it too depressing.
        My wife says it’s one of the most inspiring, hopeful movies of the classic era… but I have never been able to see it all the way through.
        Says something about me, I should think…

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