How obsessive artists colorize old photos


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    Photo colorization artists use a combination of research, physics, and technology to digitally reconstruct history's black and white record.
    Artist links:
    Jordan Lloyd (@jordanjlloydhq): dynamichrome.com/
    Mads Madsen (@Madsmadsench): www.colorized-history.com/
    Marina Amaral (@marinamaral2): www.marinamaral.com/
    Dana Keller (@HistoryInColor): www.danarkeller.com/
    Patty Allison (@imbuedwithhues): imbuedwithhues.wordpress.com/
    The Paper Time Machine: unbound.com/books/paper-time-machine
    Photo colorization isn’t just coloring within the lines - it requires meticulous research to make sure that every detail is historically accurate. The color of military uniforms, signs, vehicles, and world fashion spanning decades needs to be accounted for before even opening digital software like Photoshop. That means digging through sources like diaries, government records, old advertisements, and even consulting historical experts to get the colors right.
    But even after the arduous research, restoration, and blending of color, the image still isn’t finished. In order to achieve true photorealism, the physics of how light works in the atmosphere needs to be taken into account. Colors look different depending on the lighting conditions when the photo was taken, so artists rely on shadows and the location of light to make an educated guess about the time of day in a black-and-white photo.
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You can find more photos on the artists' pages. Check them out: Jordan Lloyd (@jordanjlloydhq): http://dynamichrome.com/ Mads Madsen (@Madsmadsench): http://www.colorized-history.com/ Marina Amaral (@marinamaral2): http://www.marinamaral.com/ Dana Keller (@HistoryInColor): http://www.danarkeller.com/ Patty Allison (@imbuedwithhues): http://imbuedwithhues.wordpress.com/ The Paper Time Machine: http://unbound.com/books/paper-time-machine

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ted kaczynski
ted kaczynski

and how do they colorize movies? not frame by frame i guess. massive computing power somehow.

Vor 2 Monate
Matthew Fritch
Matthew Fritch

I'm not a big fan of Vox or it's politics, but I deeply appreciate this video and the people in it. Thanks Vox.

Vor 2 Monate
Drew Fisher
Drew Fisher

No mention of Sanna Dullaway?

Vor 4 Monate
Ana Maria Figueroa Escobar
Ana Maria Figueroa Escobar

El cerebro

Vor 5 Monate
Jack Horsnell
Jack Horsnell

Vox iiii

Vor 10 Monate
N.i.B.
N.i.B.

The Thomas Edison one I almost didn’t believe. It was beautiful

Vor 3 Minuten
BinauralMindMusic - Relaxing, Soothing, Strange
BinauralMindMusic - Relaxing, Soothing, Strange

This freakin' awesome!

Vor 3 Stunden
Another Dave
Another Dave

This was my dad's job before WWII. They would take a print that people brought into the photo lab, make a negative and then a new print from that. and paint out scratches, creases, stains etc. with a pallet of grey scale paints. Then make a new negative and a new print from that, that they colorized. They thought it was going to be a booming business after the war. But color film was invented and the trade became obsolete. So he got a job with the railroad.

Vor 12 Stunden
Harry Trueman
Harry Trueman

What a bell end for swearing, arse hole

Vor Tag
VodShod
VodShod

0:22 what do you mean by people that were actually there? There was color back then?

Vor 3 Tage
Rohann van Rensburg
Rohann van Rensburg

What is it about old film photos that make them look like oil paintings, especially when coloured? The highlights and midtones are really controlled, as well as shadows. There's a lot of shadow detail and decent contrast but highlights tend to be very smooth.

Vor 4 Tage
Rose Easton
Rose Easton

im gonna tell you a secret. multiply layer. its in photoshop shhhhhh.... dont tell anyone.

Vor 4 Tage
Jason Kaiser
Jason Kaiser

👏👏👏👏👏

Vor 5 Tage
Mackaneek
Mackaneek

history is awesome and this is a cool way to make people see that

Vor 6 Tage
Jonathan Driver
Jonathan Driver

Yeah it's not like they can just design a program that correlates shades to hues and you can just paint the color in like in the video here, hidden in plane sight. It's much more complicated, don't try this at home folks.

Vor 6 Tage
S N E A K Y B O I
S N E A K Y B O I

*Easter Egg for Hitler*

Vor 7 Tage
Eugénio Montês
Eugénio Montês

http://demos.algorithmia.com/colorize-photos/

Vor 7 Tage
Jakub Garbacz
Jakub Garbacz

cool, but I like to imagine the colors in black and white photos.

Vor 8 Tage
coclo27
coclo27

How do I get this job!?!?

Vor 8 Tage
Missy Cabic
Missy Cabic

I LOVE the colorized photos. It really does give you a new sense of history!

Vor 9 Tage
Tyler Mikos
Tyler Mikos

how does the Photoshop program know how to remove "blemishes" acquired from being so old. how does it take away water marks , but leave the clouds in for example, how can the program tell the difference? mind blown. Im clearly not artistic.

Vor 10 Tage
Tyler Mikos
Tyler Mikos

wow, it looks flawless. Oh yah this guy has got to be a millionaire. Millions of people would love just have their great grandparents photos colored in.

Vor 10 Tage
Michal Stym Patek
Michal Stym Patek

This is amazing. Truly makes the pictures feel a lot more real and relatable.

Vor 11 Tage
Sabahat Khan
Sabahat Khan

I am falling in love with this photos

Vor 12 Tage
Luis Torres
Luis Torres

I’ve been doing photo colorization on my own time lol

Vor 13 Tage
Elite Gamer
Elite Gamer

This is nice. Good luck getting people to pay for it.

Vor 13 Tage
Bobby Bombay
Bobby Bombay

Great work!

Vor 13 Tage
I Created An Account For This
I Created An Account For This

How did they know that one dude was wearing a green jacket?

Vor 14 Tage
Smiguel
Smiguel

This stuff helps people be able to understand and relate to it better

Vor 14 Tage
Jesse
Jesse

I like it

Vor 15 Tage
Ethan Offenbacher
Ethan Offenbacher

I find it really cool to look at actual color photographs from 100 years ago when it was a fringe thing just being developed. Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky's photos look like they could have been taken 10 years ago.

Vor 17 Tage
ManOfCorn
ManOfCorn

SHAGGY 0:36

Vor 17 Tage
osip667
osip667

But they are not sure for 100% about all colors right? for example 6:25.How do they know he had green t-shirt?

Vor 18 Tage
N/A
N/A

The black and white seems like an illustration but the colour humanises the pictures in such a hauntingly beautiful way, like it was just taken even if it was 100 years ago

Vor 18 Tage
Jessa Garland
Jessa Garland

Hey! What an impressively polarizing, near insulting title! Great false advertising, especially since the title has *nothing* to do with the content. Try a word less tied to mental health than "obsessive" next time.

Vor 20 Tage
Chesca Rafallo
Chesca Rafallo

This was an amazing video. Colorization really makes a huge difference 😭😭😭.

Vor 20 Tage
Ro
Ro

I love the colourised version! Brings it to life and helps see the image in a different light.

Vor 21 Tag
4eversupersonicgirl
4eversupersonicgirl

not gonna lie, jason's voice shook me.

Vor 22 Tage
Jonathan Buchanan
Jonathan Buchanan

Very cool. I'm with Jordan; if it doesn't replace the original, no harm, no foul :)

Vor 25 Tage
ben ploni
ben ploni

My dad does this too , professionally

Vor 27 Tage
Tyler Smith
Tyler Smith

I did some of this in high school

Vor 28 Tage
ali fadhil
ali fadhil

great video!! however who for people who like to see my coloration they may see my Instagram account ( binfadhil )

Vor 28 Tage
Missle1001
Missle1001

Today we are colorizing yesterday’s black and white photos, tommrow they will be 3-D/holograming today’s photos....who knows what the future of photography will bring.

Vor Monat
GBglide
GBglide

Any idea what the building is at 5:58?

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matzeberlin555
matzeberlin555

Extremely interesting, but unfortunately very hectic film editing.

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Shfnnghh
Shfnnghh

0:59 thats from 1863?

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Lê Sathie
Lê Sathie

Nice topic !

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Greg Allen
Greg Allen

And I had always thought that the human retina didn't evolve to see color until the 1950s!

Vor Monat
sophblueberry
sophblueberry

Fascinating projects and excellent video showcasing them! Looking forward to getting the book for a gift to family.

Vor Monat
-NHT- Llamaz
-NHT- Llamaz

5:18 y is his butt so big Edit: xD I was just kidding

Vor Monat
Baldwin xu
Baldwin xu

So beautiful

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Sir Brellin
Sir Brellin

Even though it’s colorized, we still don’t know exactly what the photo would’ve looked like having been there in person seeing it in real time color. It’s a good representation depending on the research done.

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Stephen Andrews
Stephen Andrews

This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It brought tears to my eyes

Vor Monat
jutubaeh
jutubaeh

növv letz türn träsh into 24-?9? ^ ^ ör mönö tö stereo... ?

Vor Monat
Abigail Cote
Abigail Cote

Wait... you mean the world _wasn't_ just in black and white until color photography was invented??????

Vor Monat
eduard karpoev
eduard karpoev

Idk I feel like some like the US troops getting of the landing craft on D-Day or Naplam Girl etc shouldn't be touched because the black and white nature kinda just show something in it I can't describee

Vor Monat
zack wayne
zack wayne

Is that hitler meeting an Indian?? 2:06 kinda neat if that’s true

Vor Monat
angelic petals
angelic petals

Bro it's Hindu not Hindoo 😭😭

Vor Monat
Vinicius Aulicino
Vinicius Aulicino

Are movies colourized frame by frame?

Vor Monat
Mad Robot
Mad Robot

When colour is added you see more *DEPTH* in the image.

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perditachavez
perditachavez

colorized photos ALWAYS look like some layers added on others layers, never feel natural, and most of the time it's over saturated and not subtle, how this can be a paid job..... it's like colorized b&w movies, useless

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wooferboi: greatest hits
wooferboi: greatest hits

1:40 God dammit Vox I came here to look at an interesting thing not have my heart melted

Vor Monat
Anvi Bhagavatula
Anvi Bhagavatula

I would just color every thing in purple and say that I'm right

Vor Monat
Natewatl
Natewatl

They aren't obsessive, they are tamperers. B/W photography is an art dealing with light and dark.

Vor Monat
Sapphire Blossom
Sapphire Blossom

When im 6, i used to think back then the world was black and white

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•••
•••

I feel so close to the pictures

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paranoid android
paranoid android

Are the shades of grey also indicators of the colour?

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Cindy Art
Cindy Art

Damn, i spent all week just removing a background...

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AllcopsRcunts
AllcopsRcunts

I See no harm especially in ww1 photos "they will never grow old".

Vor Monat
Kopie
Kopie

at 1:00 matthew mcconaughey?

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ahmida yasser
ahmida yasser

But how do they colorize an old video footage? Do they have to actually apply all these techniques on each frame of the video?

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강지아
강지아

What I want to see, are the Auschwitz photos.

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Czekoloko Sweet
Czekoloko Sweet

5:24 this is not england this is polish squadron 303 that was made in england do some reserch then name the images

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Ariana Nunez
Ariana Nunez

Thank you. You’re the best video about this topic. As a history fanatic, I’m so glad technology is allowing us to colorize these moments in history.

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Sleepy Head
Sleepy Head

Killroy was here

Vor Monat
Enzo Montojo
Enzo Montojo

Did you really hafe to use the photo with the kid holding newspapers from the Titanic disaster?I mean,come on!

Vor Monat
Dev Bali
Dev Bali

I still don’t get how they just “add layers of colour.” How do they know what colour to even start from when all the information they have is “how black something is?”

Vor Monat
Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy
Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy

6:40 who else change the video to 0.25x to see these photos?

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Bartacomus Kidd
Bartacomus Kidd

Still looks washed out and pastel.. what software do they use? and why arent they a little more bold with their work?

Vor Monat
DHP
DHP

0:11 Mr. Cage is that you?

Vor 2 Monate
JK
JK

I colourise pictures too and I can tell you it isn't very hard to do. It just takes it's time because you'll always find some inperfect spots

Vor 2 Monate
Etiruza
Etiruza

I’ve done this before as a little free time thing via an app lol, and I can tell you guys that what these guys are doing is extremely hard work (if you wanna do it good let alone perfect) There is so much more depth and different tones/colors in general on a single persons face, than what people realize. I’ve never been able to do it perfectly, mine always came out kinda plastic looking because I depended on a few colors, but that’s because I did it for fun wondering what black/white photos would look like in color. Probs to these guys

Vor 2 Monate
Lanbrice
Lanbrice

They are beautiful. so so beautiful.

Vor 2 Monate
SuSSiSu
SuSSiSu

I saw a program the other day, where a mother was showing her 5-6 yr old daughter old photos in black and white..The girl studied them looking very interested..and then suddenly said - Mummy, why did they live in a black and white world? Was there no colors where they lived?

Vor 2 Monate
Beaker Builder
Beaker Builder

Well I can’t even draw inside the lines

Vor 2 Monate
Lexi D
Lexi D

heartwarming piano music, me tearing up because of how beautiful and cool it is, all to be interrupted by “yeah it’s a shitload of work”

Vor 2 Monate
papa gookin
papa gookin

It kinda scares me i dont know why

Vor 2 Monate
JimmySmith
JimmySmith

I prefer the black and white photos better.

Vor 2 Monate
Henrique
Henrique

Fantastic... wooow. Thank you !!!

Vor 2 Monate
mark twain sub2pewds
mark twain sub2pewds

I should change my Profile pic

Vor 2 Monate
Twister
Twister

2:14 Chris Hadfield Keeps on Appearing on history.

Vor 2 Monate
Cosme Fulanito
Cosme Fulanito

Sigfried Kracauer would not like this :)

Vor 2 Monate
Sleipnirseight
Sleipnirseight

Dream job

Vor 2 Monate
Antonio De AngelisENGLISH
Antonio De AngelisENGLISH

2:34

Vor 2 Monate
Madeline S
Madeline S

That Antarctica one got me good

Vor 2 Monate
birdtarekTarek bird
birdtarekTarek bird

wow wow I love this channel & God bless you + ur wonderful team Thanks again and again

Vor 2 Monate
CJWarlock
CJWarlock

When colorization is done well it's well done. Go for it. :)

Vor 2 Monate
Sam Hoyek
Sam Hoyek

So whats he gonna do when there are no more things to colorize?

Vor 2 Monate
GPC™
GPC™

animate them.

Vor 26 Tage
ItzTevin!
ItzTevin!

"But color didn't exist back then, making this inaccurate." - said you

Vor 2 Monate
Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson

Bad title

Vor 2 Monate
Worldstar Hip-Hop
Worldstar Hip-Hop

What's interesting is that in 100 years future historians will probably be remastering our comparatively crappy footage into 300K Ultra HD.

Vor 2 Monate
Fabian K
Fabian K

Crazy how realistic it looks

Vor 2 Monate
Vaibhav
Vaibhav

AI will do it for us very soon

Vor 2 Monate
Lace Winged Saby
Lace Winged Saby

I do photo restore recently and I loved this video

Vor 2 Monate

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