Adding Color to Historic Photos [20 pics]


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!

1. Winston Churchill

winston-churchill

2. Darius N. Couch

darius-n-couch-colored-photo

3. George Henry Thomas

george-henry-thomas-colorized-photo

4. Albert Einstein

albert-einstein-colorized

5. Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch

butch-cassidy-and-the-wild-bunch-colorized

6. Gershon Mott

gershon-mott-colorized

7. Frederick Douglas

frederick-douglas-color-photo

8. American Civil War Photo

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9. Abraham Lincoln

abraham-lincoln-colorized

10. Grover Cleveland

grover-cleveland-colorized

11. American Civil War Portrait

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12. Migrant Mother

Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange colorized

13. Charlie Chaplin

charlie-chaplin-color-photo

14. Civil War Portrait

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15. Joseph Hooker

joseph-hooker-colorized

16. American Civil War Portrait

black-and-white-american-civil-war-photo-in-color

17. Samuel Arnold

samuel-arnold-colorized

18. Albert Einstein

albert-einstein-colored-photo

19. Mark Twain

mark-twain-colorized

20. Charles Darwin

charles-darwin-colorized

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