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Famous Black and White Photos Colorized

The internet truly is an amazing place. Here's another interesting find - A series of vintage black and white photographs of some of the most iconic people and historical events in the world magically transformed into colored photos. Let's check it out right after the jump.

Ernesto “Che” Guevarra. Photo via Buzzfeed

Now I’m not sure who did all these and how it was done. But it’s worth sharing to all of you guys. It’s funny because I always saw Abraham Lincoln in black and white and I actually had dreams where I met him in person and he’s all black and white shaking my hand, so it’s a new experience seeing him in color.

Here are some of the world’s famous photographs and their colored counterparts. These include Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, Anne Frank, Alfred Hitchcock, Winston Churchhill, Charles Darwin, and Abraham Lincoln.

As well as historical events from all over the world like V-Day in Times Square, At the Time of the Louisville Flood, The Burning Monk, and the Execution of a Viet Cong Guerrilla to name a few.

Black and white photography has a strong appeal. I personally find it more intense and captivating. And it’s interesting to see these images in color. It dynamically changes the way we perceive these photographs that are part of history.

written by nyebe


  1. kneehigh85


    Oh I always wondered if this was possible. Even if the results aren't 100%, it is certainly interesting to see.

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  2. ehmahh


    this is so interesting! love it!

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  3. leftofnever


    Great article.

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  4. leftofnever


    Many of the original photos featured here were discussed in a show on BBC4 last night; America in Pictures: The Story of Life Magazine. The programme is still on BBC iPlayer. http://www.bbc.co.uk(…)e_Magazine/

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  5. st_fatso


    This is amazingly awesome

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  6. aalper


    I don't think history needs revisionism on any level. The images are famous because they're iconic. They lose no appeal because they were taken with black and white film. The person who did this has talent, but I think it can be put to better use...

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  7. feelux


    Awesome photos! I agree though, the photos are great in black and white; But it's interesting to see in color. Great article! :)

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  8. soundfoodaround


    Sanna Dullaway, a Swedish artist is responsible for the pieces. Article on the critical reception for her colorized images: http://www.huffingto(…)216072.html

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  9. bridgetj


    Out of all of these - Lincoln and Mark Twain in colour really mess with my head the most.

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  10. ada_liz


    I love the photos...! (but I think there's a mistake i a photo: charlie chaplin had blue eyes...!) Anyway, these article is great! :)

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