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.

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)

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The Burning Monk

The Burning Monk

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TâmTrần 3 years 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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A Victim Of American Bombing

A Victim Of American Bombing

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MichaelMartinez 3 years 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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English Orphan In London, 1945

English Orphan In London, 1945

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HalcyonDaze 3 years ago

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

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A French Boy Introduces Himself To Indian Soldiers

A French Boy Introduces Himself To Indian Soldiers

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Martin 3 years ago

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Hi, I'm your master.

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

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Bruce McWilliams 5 months ago

WOW

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Airmail Pilot

Airmail Pilot

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KatarzynaZawadzka 3 years ago

looks very cool

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Broad Street, New York

Broad Street, New York

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JeffBehn 3 years 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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#8

Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley And Lisa Marie

Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley And Lisa Marie

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WiwoYusrah 3 years ago

Big hair don't care! :)

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Three French Boys Looking At A Knocked-out German Panther Tank

Three French Boys Looking At A Knocked-out German Panther Tank

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Demon_Boy 3 years ago

Any idea where this picture was taken?

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John And Jacqueline Kennedy

John And Jacqueline Kennedy

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ValerieMarcotte 3 years ago

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

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Inmates At Wobbelin Concentration Camp

Inmates At Wobbelin Concentration Camp

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SandraO'Connell 3 years ago

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

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#12

Medics From The Us 5th And 6th Engineer Special Brigade

Medics From The Us 5th And 6th Engineer Special Brigade

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Polish Refugees

Polish Refugees

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KatarzynaZawadzka 3 years ago

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

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Drink Dr. Pepper

Drink Dr. Pepper

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AndaAnda 3 years ago

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

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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

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AngelaJones 3 years ago

You took out his selfie finger

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New York On D Day

New York On D Day

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Canadian Soldiers, WWII

Canadian Soldiers, WWII

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Demon_Boy 3 years ago

Where was this picture taken?

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#18

Unemployed Men Hanging Out In San Francisco

Unemployed Men Hanging Out In San Francisco

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HansMulder 3 years ago

What's the difference according to 2016?

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Crew Of An Acs M10 (wolverine)

Crew Of An Acs M10 (wolverine)

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KayKeehner 3 years 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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Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward "ted" Kennedy And John F. Kennedy

Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward "ted" Kennedy And John F. Kennedy

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ChéslauveSaintçeve 3 years ago

looks like an evolution picture lol

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Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

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Debbie 3 years ago

Naturally beautiful woman.

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President Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer And Whitney Young In The White House, 1966

President Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer And Whitney Young In The White House, 1966

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British Soldiers During Wwi, France.

British Soldiers During Wwi, France.

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HalcyonDaze 3 years ago

Tommy. Proud.

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#24

James Dean

James Dean

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My Grandmother On The Day Of Her Wedding

My Grandmother On The Day Of Her Wedding

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Unknown Soldier

Unknown Soldier

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fredericeeckman 3 years ago

He looks like Andrew Garfield.

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Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

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MilicaSvetlinka 3 years ago

''ah yes,the problem is in fallus '' said he while the photograph was being taken

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B-26 Marauder And It's Crew

B-26 Marauder And It's Crew

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DebraMyers 3 years ago

Do I want to know what the ducks represent?

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Captain Thomas H. Garahan Raises The 'stars And Stripes' Flag Made Secretly By A Local French Girl, 1945.

Captain Thomas H. Garahan Raises The 'stars And Stripes' Flag Made Secretly By A Local French Girl, 1945.

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Shark Caught At Russell, 1915

Shark Caught At Russell, 1915

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IrisBerry 3 years ago

what is coming out of the sharks mouth.

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British Soldier During Wwi

British Soldier During Wwi

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HalcyonDaze 3 years ago

Heart wrench.

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Soldier From The York And Lancaster Regiment, Wwi

Soldier From The York And Lancaster Regiment, Wwi

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#33

British Premier Sir Neville Chamberlain

British Premier Sir Neville Chamberlain

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VeronicaVatter 3 years ago

Holy eyebrows!

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French Soldiers During The Wwi

French Soldiers During The Wwi

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#35

Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963

Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963

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SheilaJohnson 3 years ago

Where is the bruising? Actual color photos from that day show a puffy, swollen black eye (left) and redness on the scratch above the right eye. You can see the texture of these injuries in the black and white photo, but they are not colored in.

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#36

Blanket Covered Body Of A Us Paratrooper Killed In

Blanket Covered Body Of A Us Paratrooper Killed In

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Capt. William P. Chambliss

Capt. William P. Chambliss

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Pedro Ii Of Brazil

Pedro Ii Of Brazil

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Two U.s. Soldiers Of C Company, 1944

Two U.s. Soldiers Of C Company, 1944

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Ruben 3 years ago

Two GIs from C Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Division take cover behind an M 4 Sherman while under German Artillery bombardment in Geich Germany, 11 December 1944

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King Tut, President Hoover's Big German Police Dog

King Tut, President Hoover's Big German Police Dog

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#41

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

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CarleeFranklin 3 years ago

I was named after him Carlee Franklin

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An Unidentified American Soldier, Shot Dead By A German Sniper, Clutches His Rifle And Hand Grenade

An Unidentified American Soldier, Shot Dead By A German Sniper, Clutches His Rifle And Hand Grenade

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