Historic Pictures now in Color: ColorizedHistory and Titanic in Color


Reddit is known as an internet platform infamous for its „trolls“, but it’s also a huge community full of creative minds bursting with ideas and thirst for action. An example illustrating this is the ColorizedHistory group with over 20000 members, all of whom are amateur historians working together in order to colorize as many historic black and white photos as possible.

As you can probably imagine, there’s a lot of diligent effort crammed in every single photo, this is certainly not settled with just a few clicks in Photoshop. At least not in this breath-taking quality. Seeing photographers and photo-aficionados work together for the public good makes me feel warm all over. 🙂


W.H. Murphy and assistant put a bullet-proof vest to the test. Taken in 1923, in Washington D.C.. Colorized by Mads Madsen.


President Theodore Roosevelt, around 1900. Colorized by Will Doran.


A stunning picture of Nashville, Tennessee, taken by George N. Barnard in 1864. Colorized by Sanna Dullaway.


An automobile accident in Washington D.C., in the year 1921. Colorized by Sanna Dullaway, too.


A photo of the Hindenburg disaster dated 1937. Colorized by Dana Keller.

Many more pictures can be found on the page of the ColorizedHistory group. For those of you interested in how a BW photo is transformed into a color photo, I warmly recommend this video tutorial by one of the members, Mads Madsen.

In no way less impressive are the colorized photos by Russian digital image processing guru Anton Logvynenko.


More color photos of the Titanic can be viewed here. The website for the project Titantic in Color is not online.

  1. […] Almost two years ago I wrote about the ColorizedHistory Community on Reddit, whose 85,000 members have devoted themselves to colourising historic black-and-white photographs. In order to give anyone who might be curious an idea of how much work is involved in this, I included a video tutorial by Mads Madsen, who was one of the most active and prominent members of the aforementioned group at that point. However, as interesting as Madsen’s video might be, it only shows the colouring of an albeit not perfect, but still rather well-preserved photo. […]


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