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A summary of colorization...

 

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The first process for colour photography appeared in the 1890s. Based on the theory demonstrated in the 1860s by James Clerk Maxwell, they reproduced colour by mixing red, green and blue light. These processes are known as ‘additive’ colour processes.
 

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Here is an important question...

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While colorizations are works of art that can rarely be elevated to the level of historical scholarship, colorized photos do hold the potential to convey a more accurate historical reality by depicting the dynamic color palettes of people, places, and objects from the past.
 

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This is an interesting conversation! I've long held that it goes both ways - if you put a color picture in black and white, it changes everything about it. In many 19th century photos, the colorization - particularly as done today - brings life and activity to an otherwise stern-faced subject. There is a certain art form to hand colorization. I have a couple excellent hand tinted redwoods photos that are extraordinary.

Ansel Adams is a favorite of mine for his striking use of black and white in nature photography. There is a sort of 'color tiredness' that is in nature - it's predominately green! The black and white technique brings out unusual details, even living details like bugs and birds, that would otherwise be missed. There was, several years ago, quite a to-do in Hollywood about colorizing old black and white films. Does Stage Coach need to be colorized? Does it take away from the drama or add? I think it's interesting to have both, but my vote would go to the original black and white. TV - Bonanza was the first western (or any show) to be filmed totally in color. Rawhide was never filmed in color. Gunsmoke was filmed in both. All were westerns and therefore limited in scope by genre but did the colors or lack thereof make a difference, too? Rawhide was a sort of western meets film noir - colorization would take away a good deal of the uniqueness. Would Little Joe's pants be lavender and Matt Dillon's shirt pink? Did it make a difference? It did.

There's also not always an accuracy in colorizing old photos. For instance, the Civil War was full of blue eyes. I've never seen so many people with brilliant blue eyes! However, it seems to be mostly one shade of blue. There's a large variety. Forrest, for instance, had a very rare shade - silver. This was remarked upon by several contemporaries, who found it most striking - in turn, that gave him a commanding look. Robert E Lee had dark brown eyes which color was also rare in the day - his odd eye color smoldered when he was angry or ready to fight and that helped his command presence. In short, for this paragraph, how can one be sure the colorization technique as described above - very intriguing, too - will be accurate?
 

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Most families that have out photos have these types of photos...


Hand-colouring (or hand-coloring) refers to any method of manually adding colour to a monochrome photograph, generally either to heighten the realism of the image or for artistic purposes.[1] Hand-colouring is also known as hand painting or overpainting.

Typically, watercolours, oils, crayons or pastels, and other paints or dyes are applied to the image surface using brushes, fingers, cotton swabs or airbrushes. Hand-coloured photographs were most popular in the mid- to late-19th century before the invention of colour photography and some firms specialized in producing hand-coloured photographs.



From the 1850s to the early 1900s, the technique was employed predominantly in portraiture in order to enhance a sitter’s facial features and clothing. But as photography became more accessible, hand tinting enriched ever more complex scenes. Soon, skilled colorists were quite literally blurring the lines between photography and painting. Even though Kodachrome color film became commercially available in 1935, it was not widely affordable until the 1970s, so hand-tinted photographs remained popular throughout.
 

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