“Adding Colors to History” A Collection of 30+ Colorized Historic Photos

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Mads Madsen

Artist Mads Madsen has an amazing skill for colorizing old black and white photographs. Even beside their original counterpart the results are impressive, bringing a new dimension of realism to historic images. An American Civil War buff, Madsen’s 450+ portfolio of images can be seen on minus.com where he has amassed over 2.6 million views. Many of his subjects are portraits of commanders from the civil war.

Madsen says it takes him about 20-30 minutes for a portrait but that the outdoor shots and images with lots of people and background take substantially longer. For a video tutorial of the process involved, you can check him out on YouTube. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial, check out this fascinating post on civilwartalk.com. Oh and I forgot to mention he’s only 18! A gifted young talent with much promise ahead, keep up the amazing work Mr. Madsen!

You can find more information about the artist, Mads Madsen on: Portfolio | Facebook | r/ColorizedHistory

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1. Winston Churchill

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2. Darius N. Couch

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3. George Henry Thomas

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4. Albert Einstein

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5. Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch

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6. Gershon Mott

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7. Frederick Douglas

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8. American Civil War Photo

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9. Abraham Lincoln

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10. Grover Cleveland

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11. American Civil War Portrait

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12. Migrant Mother

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13. Charlie Chaplin

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14. Civil War Portrait

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15. Joseph Hooker

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16. American Civil War Portrait

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17. Samuel Arnold

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18. Albert Einstein

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19. Mark Twain

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20. Charles Darwin

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Sanna Dullaway

Reddit user mygrapefruit and self-taught colorizer Sanna Dullaway has colorized famous photographs in history. You can find the entire 34-image collection on Imgur. Using a Wacom bamboo tablet and Photosohp, each photo takes anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours.

Technically, the colorizing skill is superb. It requires great vision and understanding of color to accomplish such realistic outcomes.

You can find more information about the artist, Sanna Dullaway, on: Website | Flickr | DeviantART

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01. Alfred Hitchcock Portrait

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2. Dorothy Counts by Douglas Martin

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3. Operation Crossroads Event Baker Explosion

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4. Abraham Lincoln Portrait

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5. Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh

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6. V-J Day in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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7. Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange

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8. August Strindberg Portrait

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9. Fridtjof Nansen

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10. Albert Einstein

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11. Charles Darwin

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12. Theodore Roosevelt

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13. Abandoned Boy After London Bombing WWII by Toni Frissell

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14. Self-Immolation of Thich Quang Duc by Malcolm Browne

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15. Anne Frank

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