Japanese Samurai Brought To Life in Living Color

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Color might not make everything better, but it sure does put a new spin on old images.

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A hundred years ago, people would hand-paint color into black and white photos. Flash forward to the 21st century, and people are still painting color in old images, but just with better tech.

The terrific subreddit ColorizedHistory has been showcasing wonderful colorized photos. If you like history (and really, you should), definitely have a look at all the other photos.

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The samurai image dates from 1861 and was taken by Franz von Stillfried-Ratenicz. Photo Chopshop, a colorization service, created this contrast to show how images look with color and without. You can see many more examples on the Photo Chopshop stream on Facebook.

Japanese Archers, c. 1860.

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[Image: Dynamichrome]

Woman in Kimono, c. 1920.

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[Image: salsifufu | ColorizedHistory]

Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C., 1925.

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Wedding Portrait, c. 1930s.

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Japan, c. 1950s.

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Top image: Dynamichrome

h/t ロケットニュース

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This reminds me of Felice Beato’s colour photo’s of Japan from the late 1800’s (more at link, sorry it’s the DM).