I am an artist, Matt Loughrey, based in Ireland, working behind the ‘My Colorful Past’ project. For the first time, I brought back to life in color the mugshots of various criminals which date back to the 1930s. The mugshots were taken from a police identification book, this is a rogue’s gallery of real life criminals from Newcastle-upon-Tyne arrested for theft, breaking and entering, pick pocketing, and begging.

Colorization is a game of patience and fact finding. In some shape or form, it has existed since the advent of photography through the use of chemical colorization. In a digital age, these methods have long been abandoned in favor of dedicated hardware and software to match. I work with a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro to produce everything from colorization to animation.

In 2016, my work was noticed online by WACOM. They recognized the value in what I was undertaking and looked to support and promote what I was doing. The following year, my work was published by National Geographic magazine. What was originally a side interest for me fast became a priority.

In 2018, I undertook a project to bring hundreds of inmate mugshots to life for a respected Australian museum. It is the largest colorization project of its kind and details of this will be announced soon. At present, I am exploring a whole series of colorization and animation possibilities that are bringing historical photographs to life, from Ellis Island to the American Civil War. These specific projects are about relatability and education combined.

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#1

Thomas Orange

Thomas Orange

Thomas Orange, who sported a haircut very similar to Cilian Murphy's character in Peaky Blinders, was born in 1907. He was a labourer and had a scar on his right eyebrow, left wrist and knee. He was known for larceny and forcing locks to break into shops.
Name: ORANGE Thomas, Born: 1907, Trade: Labourer, Comp.: Fresh, Build: Prop., Eyes: Brown, Ht.: 5'5", Hair: Brown, Marks: Scar rt. eyebrow, left wrist & knee, M.O. etc.: Shop and Warehousebreaker, larceny, forces lock or uses duplicate key, associate 1655.


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Agnes Jekyll
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2 years ago

Is it wrong to say he is also hot?

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James Potter

James Potter

James Potter, born in 1901 he was a labourer and had a long operation scar on the right side of his neck. He was known for breaking into pubs, shops and warehouses.
Name: POTTER James Boyd, Aliases: Fatty Potter., Born: 1901, Trade: Labourer, Comp.: fresh, Build: prop., Eyes: blue, Ht.: 5'1", Hair: brown, Marks: Long operation scar rt. side of neck., M.O., etc.: Public-house, Shop and Warehousebreaking and Receiving. Associates with all classes of thieves.

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Lina S.
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2 years ago

Alohomora!

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#3

James Hargreaves Jones

James Hargreaves Jones

James Hargreaves Jones was born in 1896 and has a distinctive scar on the side of his face. He was said to be a beggar and known for breaking into empty houses.
Name: JONES James Hargreaves, Born: 1896, Trade: Moulder, Comp.: fresh, Build: prop., Eyes: blue, Ht.: 5'1 1/2", Hair: bro., Marks: Wound scar rt. side of face., M.O., etc.: Begs in residential areas, and breaks into houses he finds unoccupied.

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Derry Nando
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2 years ago

Also famous for his appearance in Men in Black

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#4

Thomas Boyd

Thomas Boyd

Dapper Thomas Boyd also used the name "Coyne" as an alias. He was a carpenter, born in 1900. He had scars on his top lip, right forearm, right wrist and left breast. Police said he associated with "all class of thieves".
Name: BOYD, Thomas, Aliases: Coyne, Born: 1900, Trade: Carpenter, Comp.: fresh, Build: Prop., Eyes: blue, Ht.: 5'10 1/2", Hair: brown, Marks: Scars top lip, rt. upper &forearm, rt. wrist, left breast., M.O., etc.: Housebreaking, Larceny & Receiving. Uses various methods of entry. Associates with all classes of thieves.

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orenji
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2 years ago

The profile shot almost looks like a portrait painting!

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James Lowrie

James Lowrie

Born in 1892, James Lowrie also had an alias "Johnstone" and was known as the "Sunderland Kid". A labourer he had a scar on his back and right hand. He was known for stealing from people, robbery and was considered an expert pickpocket.
Name: LOWRIE James, Aliases: Johnstone, "Sunderland Kid", Born: 1892, Trade: Labourer, Comp.: fresh, Build: prop., Eyes: blue, Ht. : 5'6", Hair: brown, Marks: Tatt. dots web lt. hand, Scar bk. rt. hand, M.O. etc: Larceny from person, and Robbery. An expert pickpocket. Associates with all classes of pickpocket.

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Catlady6000
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2 years ago

Looks like Kurt Russell

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#6

James Casey

James Casey

James Casey, pictured here in November 1931, was born in 1906. He was a gardener who specialised in "various forms of larceny".
Name: CASEY James, Born: 1906, Trade: Gardener, Comp.: fresh, Build: slim, Eyes: grey, Ht.: 5'7", Hair: ginger, Marks: Heart, clasped hands, True Love, Evelyn rt. forearm., M.O., etc.: Specialises in various classes of larceny. Associate 402.

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Vilkas
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2 years ago

He doesn't look like he was the brains of the operation.

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#7

John Dodgson

John Dodgson

Scruffy-looking John Dodgson was a miner. Born in 1902 his crimes were ones of larceny and fraud. A general thief, police described him as a "bad character".
Name: DODGSON John, Born: 1902, Trade: Miner, Comp.: fresh, Build: prop., Eyes: brown, Ht.: 5'5", Hair: grey, Marks: Extensively tattooed forearms and hands., M.O., etc.: Larceny and False Pretences. A general thief and bad character. Works alone.

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Ava Ford
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2 years ago

That unobrow thooooo!

Barbara Berg
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2 years ago

And Strangely enough, it looks and fits perfectly with him, unlike most people who have them. (Sorry last isn't meant to sound rude)

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Susann Campbell
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2 years ago

. A coal miner by birth didn't like his lot in life so the first time he saw a beautiful stone in the mines he took it. The was his first time and when he got away with it he did this until he was caught . He didn't understand that the mine and everything in it belonged to someone else. When told he said that he found it and so it was his. This became his down fall as a bad character not to be trusted and was fired. An unfortunate bloke that was caught and had to run for his life. Then became belligerent about the whole deal taunting the police by committing more different crimes. Others took stones and got away with it until a crack down came. John didn't get away with it.

Danielle Renee
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2 years ago

he does not look bright

Iris
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2 years ago

Remind me of Liam and Noel - the brit brothers.

Daria B
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2 years ago

The Gallaghers?

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Kusotare
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2 years ago

That hair is not grey.

Anna Trudiy
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2 years ago

Liam Gallagher + Damon Albarn

Rabbit Carrot
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2 years ago

Was just going to say the same thing!

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Kerry Smith
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2 years ago

Looks a little like a very young Clint Eastwood

Jo Choto
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2 years ago

Can't believe they didn't mention the unibrow.

korhan aydin
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2 years ago

Liam (Gallagher),is that you?

L McN
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2 years ago

OMG it is like two caterpillars fighting!

Withnail
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2 years ago

Anyway, here's Wonderwall

Annamay
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2 years ago

A little bit of plucking and I wouldn't mind a bit of fun with him. 60 years ago.

Joseph Fugere
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7 months ago

Were all criminals midgets back in the day

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
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2 years ago

I can smell him...

Mo
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2 years ago

he reminds me of a mcpoyle

Riz Leslie
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2 years ago (edited)

Pluck the unibrow and give him a ffferent haircut and he wouldn’t look bad

Sunzilla
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2 years ago

"Bad Character". Ye think?

MommaT
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2 years ago

He doesn’t look like he is all there mentally.

Agnes Jekyll
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2 years ago

I think he might be high or drunk

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Jennifer Evans
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2 years ago

Why is his mouth open?

Bobby's Girl
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2 years ago

He was the village fly catcher before he turned to a life of crime.

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Sara Chapman
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2 years ago

he looks very stupid

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#8

Albert Dick

Albert Dick

Born in 1911 Albert Dick was a labourer and a "general all round thief & safebreaker". He associated with other thieves.
Name: DICK Albert, Born: 1911, Trade: Labourer, Comp: fresh, Build: prop., Eyes: blue, Ht: 5'6", Hair: dk.br., M.O., etc.: A general all round thief & safebreaker. Associates with all classes of thieves.

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norabest321
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2 years ago

He missed his calling as a Charlie Chaplin impersonator

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Thomas Giles

Thomas Giles

Thomas Giles, born 1890 he was a labourer and broke into houses. He also had convictions for larceny of metal, counterfeit coins and larceny from vehicles.
Name: GILES Thomas, Aliases: Thomas O'Malley, "Doggy". Born: 1890, Trade: Labourer, Comp.: fresh, Build: prop., Eyes: blue, Ht.: 5'6", Hair: brown, Marks: Scars on left fr. head and rt. knee. Tatt. on left arm., M.O., etc.: Housebreaker. Also convictions for larceny of metal, Uttering counterfeit coins and larceny from vehicles. Breaks window. Associates 203, 355, 1216, 1094, 433.


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Natalie Allouche
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2 years ago

Benedict Cumberbatch

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