Artist colorizes old black & white photos, and it makes a huge difference in how we see past events

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Anybody can use Photoshop, but doing a good job remains a craft. Professional colorist from Brazil, Marina Amaral, doesn’t just click-and-drag. Driven by her burning obsession with history, Marina does extensive research to make her colorizations as realistic as possible, too.

Amaral has played with Photoshop since she was about ten. In 2015, she was scrolling a history forum on the internet and discovered colorized photos of World War I. Instantly inspired, Amaral started restoring and putting color into photos that were originally black and white. This allows people to experience the past through a whole new perspective. «Each photo is made to be realistic by recognizing the value behind each one of them, respecting and preserving their stories, paying attention to the finer details and maintaining 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,» she adds. «My work ranges from simple portraits to complex and detailed images, taken from various historical periods covering a wide range of topics.» Continue scrolling to enjoy Marina’s wonderful work.

#1 Ruby Bridges, Escorted By US Marshals To Attend An All-White School, 1960
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#2 Cree Man, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1903
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#3 Monet
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#4 A Photographer Uses His Own Backdrop To Mask Poland’s World War II Ruins While Shooting A Portrait In Warsaw In November 1946
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#5 Lewis Powell. He Was A Conspirator With John Wilkes Booth, Who Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln

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#6 Four Female Pilots Leaving Their Ship, Pistol Packin’ Mama, At The Four Engine School At Lockbourne AAF, 1944
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#7 Marie Sklodowska Curie
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#8 Queen Elizabeth II
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#9 Banana Docks, New York. CA 1890 – 1910
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#10 Finnish Sniper Simo Häyhä, White Death

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#11 Titanic Orphans, Brothers Michel And Edmond Navratil, 1912. They Were The Only Children To Be Rescued From The Titanic Without A Parent Or Guardian

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#12 Eunice Hancock, A 21-Year-Old Woman, Operates A Compressed-Air Grinder In A Midwest Aircraft Plant During World War II. August 1942

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#13 The Most Intelligent Picture Ever Taken: Participants Of The 5th Solvay Conference On Quantum Mechanics, 1927

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#14 Roza Shanina, A 19-Year-Old Russian WWII Sniper With 59 Confirmed Kills

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#15 Young Kenyan Woman Holding A Dik-Dik, Mombasa, 1909

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#16 Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth II. 2 June, 1953

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#17 Men Of 72 Highlanders Who Served In The Crimea: William Noble, Alexander Davison And John Harper, 1853 – 1856

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#18 Senator John F. Kennedy And Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy On Their Wedding Day. September 12, 1953

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#19 Hermann Göring Sits In The Dock At The Nuremberg Trial, 1946

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#20 Grigori Rasputin. Lover Of The Russian Empress

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