Iconic Black and White Photo’s Colorized.

I’m not a huge fan of the colorization process that gets applied to black and white films. I know why it’s done (younger audiences apparently don’t like black and white film, or so I am told) but I still don’t like it. Even though the process has gotten better, it still seems fake. The same is true for still images. Most of the time, the colorized version looks wrong, for what ever reason. The images below however, are anything but. Most of these examples show the outstanding Photoshop skills used to colorize them.

Monroe

Marilyn Monroe 1942: Tom Thounaojam

Solvay

1927 Solvay Conference

Einstein

Albert Einstein, 1948: Yousuf Karsh

Lange

Dorothea Lange, February 1936

Lange 2

Migrant Mother, 1936: Dorothea Lange

Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn, 1953: Bud Fraker

Darwin

Charles Darwin

Hemmingway

Ernest Hemingway, 1957: Yousuf Karsh

Frissel

Harper’s Bazaar, December 1947: Toni Frissell

Grand Central

Grand Central 1941: Tom Thounaojam

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Sergeant George Camblair 1942: Jack Delano

Maurantana

HMS Mauretania, 1909

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Trailer Queen,  1941: Tom Thounaojam

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