Colourising old black and white Photographs

Colorising old black and white Photographs

Initially all photography was black-and-white, resp. monochromatic. Although colour film was developed (early 1840s) and made available, monochromatic photography continued to prevail for decades, as it was more affordable and its classic photographic look quite popular. Even today monochrome images are still produced though not due to lower prices but for artistic reasons.
Therefore a lot of black-and-white photos still exist. Colourising those old, sometimes even iconic or historic photographs can make them more expressive, naturalistic and fascinating. Iconic moments come to life and appear much more realistic and conceivable.

Below are a few of my colourisations. If you have any questions or a monochromatic image you want to have colourised, please leave a comment or contact me :)


I found this portrait on the internet and thought it would look good in colour – so here you go :)

Construction of the Hoover Dam (1931-1936)

Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover.


Operation Crossroads (1946)

Operation Crossroads was a series of two nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. They were the first nuclear weapon tests since Trinity in July 1945, and the first detonations of nuclear devices since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The purpose of the tests was to investigate the effect of nuclear weapons on warships.


Marilyn Monroe

Colourisation technique in Photoshop – overlaying and masking of solids.

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.


War is Hell

Famous portrait of a soldier in Vietnam, 1965.

Colourisation technique in Photoshop – overlaying and masking of solids.

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and also known in Vietnam as Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a Cold War-era proxy war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.



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