Everyone can install Photoshop on their computer and use it, but doing an actual good job is a craft. That’s why professionals like Marina Amaral from Brazil exist. She doesn’t just click and drag, but she actually does an extensive research in history to make her colorizations as realistic as they can be.
Amaral started using Photoshop when she was just 10 years old, but she first found colorized photos of WW I in 2015, when she was casually scrolling through a history forum on the Internet. She was instantly inspired by the idea, and she started restoring photos and putting color into pictures that were originally black and white. Her point is for people to experience the past through a new perspective. Each one of her photos is made to be as realistic as possible and the author puts her time and effort into researching the value behind each one of them. She respects their stories and tries to preserve them while paying attention to every little detail in order to maintain their original essence.
“Every completed work has gone through long and in depth research, and is supported by the opinions of experts in each particular area if necessary, to faithfully reproduce the original colors and atmosphere,”
Her work ranges from very simple portraits to very complex and detailed images taken from different parts of history. Make sure to check them out below and enjoy her work!
1. Warsaw, Poland, 1946 (Photographer tries to mask the ruins of WWII)
2. Cree Man, Canada, 1903
3. Marie Sklodowska Curie
4. Banana docks, New York, 1890
5. Coronation f Queen Elizabeth II. June 2, 1953
6. Hermann Göring at the Nuremberg trial, 1946
7. Kenyan woman holding a Dik-Dik, Mombasa, 1909
8. Grigori Rasputin
9. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy on their Wedding Day. September 12, 1953
10. Migrant mother in Nipomo, California, 1936
11. Queen Elizabeth II
12. Participants of the 5th Solvay Conference on Quantum Mechanics, 1927 (Widely recognized as the ‘most intelligent picture ever taken’)
13. British soccer team of WWI soldiers in France, 1916
14. RMS Mauretania, 1909
15. Brothers Michael and Edmond Navratil, the only children to be rescued from The Titanic without a parent guardian
17. Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. Mcclernand, 1862
18. A school at Anthoston, Kentucky, 1916
19. Sami girl, 1938
20. Ruby Bridges, escorted by US Marshals to attend an all-white school, 1960