April 18, 2021

Photographer Spends Countless Hours Restoring Photos Said To Be Completely Unrestorable

Nowadays, a lot of people make their livelihood by taking photos, but a few decades ago, decent cameras weren’t even that common. Many of the pictures shot in the past were poor quality, and they weren’t designed to stand the test of time. Fortunately, there are some incredibly talented people out there who can restore even the most damaged photos to perfect condition.

A Man of Talent and Commitment

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to restore old photos. Things like water damage, fading, and tears can all be difficult to reverse, no matter how skilled you are. However, Mario Unger is someone who’s never been afraid of a challenge. This photoshop pro has dedicated so many hours to restoring pictures in the hope of keeping their history alive and well.

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1. Unknown Woman, Ca 1880

Credits: Mario Unger

2. “Texas Couple, Ca 1900, One Of The Hardest Restorations And Colorizations I Did So Far. Working Time, About 15 Hours”

Credits: Mario Unger

Restoring The Past

Mario goes above and beyond for each one of his photo projects, some of which were taken more than 150 years ago. Among his most impressive restorations are photos of Andrew Johnson, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Arthur Morgan Chase, as well as other relics of the past. Bringing these images into the 21st century wasn’t easy, especially as some came to him in little pieces. However, he breathed new life into each and every one of them.

3. Old Man, Photo By C.m.bell Ca 1890. Library Of Congress, Glass Plate Negative

Credits: Mario Unger

4. Not The Easiest Restoration

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Hours Of Work

In restoring the images, Unger isn’t merely able to undo all the damage they’ve experienced over time. He can also turn photos that were initially black and white into works of color, giving off the impression they were taken just days earlier. Doing this requires a great deal of precision, which is why one picture can sometimes set him back 15 hours. However, losing a day is undoubtedly worth it to restore such an essential piece of history.

To say we’re impressed by what this man can do is an understatement. His skills are something else.

5. Westover Landing, Virginia. Officers Of 3rd And 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry Illustrating The Hardships Of War. 1862

Credits: Mario Unger

6. Mrs. Abraham Lincoln (Mary Todd), 1855

Credits: Mario Unger

7. Man 1890, Name K.c.holt, Photographer C.m.bell

Credits: Mario Unger

8. Young Girl’s Photo Restoration

Credits: Mario Unger

9. The Photographers Daughter, C.m.bell 1870

Credits: Mario Unger

10. Antietam, Md. President Lincoln And Gen. George B. Mcclellan In The General’s Tent 3. Okt. 1863

Credits: Mario Unger

11. Arthur Morgan Chase, Ca 1916

Credits: Mario Unger

12. Joseph Dore, Ca 1862

Credits: Mario Unger

13. Vintage Photo Restoration

Credits: Mario Unger

14. Heavily Damaged Photograph, Ca. 1960

Credits: Mario Unger

15. Vintage Photo Restoration

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16. Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 – July 31, 1875). The 17th President Of The United States

Credits: Mario Unger