When we think of the past, we often think of it in black and white. After all, most pictures that we've seen from the first half of the 20th Century are in monochrome, and because of this it's easy to forget that color actually existed at all back then.


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Thanks to artist Marina Amaral however, we can now view history through a whole new lens with these stunning colorized photographs. Combining her fascination with history and her interest in Photoshop, Marina brings the past to life in a new and colorful way. The effect creates a more intimate portrayal of history and allows a contemporary audience to connect to the past in a deeper and more emotional way.

As the artist notes on her website, "When we look at the photo in color, we can easily have the feeling that we are living that moment again." Take a look at the pictures below to see just what she means.

Like what you see? Then check out our other posts on photograph colorization here, here and here.

More info: Marina Amaral | Facebook (h/t: designyoutrust)

#1 The Burning Monk

The Burning Monk

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TâmTrần 1 year ago

It happened during Vietnam war, when the government of the south of Vietnam went against buddhism, this Monk was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, burned himself to protest against the government.

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#2 A Victim Of American Bombing

A Victim Of American Bombing

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MichaelMartinez 1 year ago

But great job on bringing all of these to life. It emotionally ties them to us, and allows the viewer to project himself into the picture.

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#3 English Orphan In London, 1945

English Orphan In London, 1945

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HalcyonDaze 1 year ago

When that is all you have left. Everything, everyone and all else is gone.

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#5 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

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OlgaGould 1 year ago

Kramer, is that you

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#7 Broad Street, New York

Broad Street, New York

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JeffBehn 1 year ago

I'm curious as to why the artist chose to make the buildings in the distance so hazy. The B&W original is crystal clear.

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#10 John And Jacqueline Kennedy

John And Jacqueline Kennedy

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ValerieMarcotte 1 year ago

Something isn't right about this photo. Size of head, pasty texture of complexions?

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#11 Inmates At Wobbelin Concentration Camp

Inmates At Wobbelin Concentration Camp

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SandraO'Connell 1 year ago

I had never heard of this place before today. What terrible moment has this photo captured?

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#13 Polish Refugees

Polish Refugees

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KatarzynaZawadzka 1 year ago

they already forgot they once wore those shoes.Poland ,my country is very xsenophobic

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#14 Drink Dr. Pepper

Drink Dr. Pepper

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AndaAnda 1 year ago

I think those paper bags should be brown not silver....

#15 Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

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AngelaJones 1 year ago

You took out his selfie finger

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#19 Crew Of An Acs M10 (wolverine)

Crew Of An Acs M10 (wolverine)

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KayKeehner 1 year ago

Totally amaizing. Looking at faces in black and white I used to think looked so old-fashioned.but they are not when you see them in colour ?! They could easily be faces of today

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