Marina Amaral – Amazing historical photos brought to life with color

I discovered this webpage of historical photos and it’s too good not to be shared with all Firearmblog readers.

Marina Amaral decided to combine her fascination with history and Photoshop skills, and discovered that the combination was magical.

By restoring black and white photos with colors we can now to see history from a new and colorful perspective.

I can only agree, some of these photos will bring you back in time. 

Famous people, Presidents, Politicians as well as historic and horrific moments of the past, brought to life again.

You can find a few samples in this article, and if you want to see more please head for these places:

http://www.marinamaral.com/blog/

In the “blog” above you can scroll between the original photo and the colorized version.

http://www.marinamaral.com/portfolio-2/

You can also check Daily Mail’s D-Day photos, too good to be missed.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4577194/D-Day-photos-colourised-73-years-landings.html

More breath taking moments of history:

Artist brings new life to these WWII photographs through color

Below: “A 1st Royal Ulster Rifles, 6th Airborne Division (UK) sniper, on patrol in the Ardennes, wearing a snow camouflage suit, 14 January 1945.”

Below: “A German soldier with a saw tooth bayonet stands in a dugout wearing his brow plate slid down to his neck. Presumably, this would allow him to keep the weight off his head until he raised it to place it over his helmet lugs, World War One.”

Photo courtesy of Michael Welch

Below: YouTube – Historical photographs brought back to life by Marina Amaral.

 If you have your own black and white photos she can restore them for you.


Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


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  • Fffgll

    Nyet! Photo is fine!

    • Tatyana Segeyevna Khimina

      In Soviet Russia photo shoots you.

  • Landru

    Not big into colorizing photos or film.
    Black and white works just fine.

  • M.M.D.C.

    These are very well done. She’s very skilled in her choices of color, as well as her PS skills.

  • Major Tom

    TFB: The Foto Blog

    Fotos not Firearms.

  • Lucas

    I watched this with Girl From the North Country playing in the background, the original with Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. It fit the tone of the slide show quite well.

  • M.M.D.C.

    Since the above colorizing is done in Photoshop there is little chance an original will be damaged. By the same token, the advent of Photoshop has pretty much killed the idea of photographic realism.

    Because cameras isolate their subjects in time and space, any photograph is an abstraction of what is in front of the lens. So the idea of the honest photograph (Sorry Ansel) was never anything but a fiction.

    • The Forty ‘Twa

      Photographic realism never really existed. Look at some of the propaganda work done with photographs over the years. People removed from photos, things added and so on.

    • Random Disabled Person

      Reassure that the box of F-Stops were not alter and all the digital fluid was removed from the photos.
      Remember the 1990’s and the arguments about if Photoshop was really “Photo editing” sense it wasn’t dark room skills base?

      Personally I love when the overlay exact locations and divide up the photo between B&W and color with ether being the pastor present(that became the past as soon as the picture was taken…). For all the work one photo takes think about the time it takes to colorize old films at 32+/- frames/images a second.

  • Phillip Cooper

    GREAT article! I love this sort of thing.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Which part of “digital enhancement” is unclear to you?

    No originals were harmed. Lighten up, Francis.

  • Grant

    The main reason Ansel Adam’s photographs are so striking is not because the original photographs are so striking, it’s because he was a master at printing them.

  • DanGoodShot

    I’ve spent hours on the web looking up colorized photos of historical significance. I get lost in it. Something about the (not so)simple addition of color to a photo really helps bring it to life for me. It hits you like, wow, that really happened or that was a real person. I think black and white is great for artistic expression. But when you want to really capture the full impact of a moment for historical purposes, color is what’s needed. She really does some outstanding work.