Anybody can add color to photos given that we live in the era of smartphones and the countless apps and photo editors provided. But no matter what you do, you can’t beat a professional colorist. Meet Brazilian artist Marina Amaral, a 21-year-old artist who has created incredible colorized versions of historic photos by combining her love of history with creativity. Thanks to her we can now view history through a whole new lens. Her colorized photos aren’t just any ordinary photos but rather lets the audience connect to the past in a deeper and more emotional way. As she writes on her website, “When we look at the photo in color, we can easily have the feeling that we are living that moment again.”
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 1914
Marina calls herself a “very curious and creative person,” and she believes every project deserves and requires massive amounts of research. “Research is essential,” she says. “I never start a job without having gathered as much information as possible, because that’s what makes the colors historically accurate.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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A series of portraits of 14-year-old Czeslawa Kwoka, who died in the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942, is one of her most meaningful and incredible images. “Every day I get messages from people saying that they were able to truly understand the Holocaust only after seeing this image in color. That’s always been my goal, so I feel really proud of it.”
Here are a few more of her fascinating colorized versions for you to take a look at.
Martin Luther King Jr.