February 28, 2021

History-obsessed Student Colorizes Old Photos Giving a Vibrant Feel to the Past

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Mads Madsen is a history student pursuing a Master’s degree in ancient Greece and Rome history. Being obsessed with history, he has the best hobby a person like him could want colorizing old photos. His whole inspirations started after he saw some colorized pictures of the post on Reddit.

The colorization he saw was done all by hand with oil colors by an old lady. He got obsessed with it and started doing something like that on his own. He has his own criteria when choosing a photo for his project.

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Mark Twain

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“I’ve always had a fascination with beautiful eyes, and that’s how I pick most of my photographs,” said the man. “If you look through my gallery, you’ll see that most of the eyes there are steely-blue or sky-blue, and they (hopefully) are framed beautifully by the surrounding color, contrasting with it really nicely. So that’s the main criteria.”

James Dean, Actor And Rebel Without A Cause, December 29th, 1954

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If you’re thinking of starting colorizing old pictures as well, bare in mind that is not easy task. But lucky for you, Mads has prepared a useful video tutorial which will help you on your first steps to colorizing. Scroll down below to check it out, also some of his amazing work.

#1 Two Girls And Their Snow Fort, Ca. 1910

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#2 Audrey Hepburn. Unknown Date

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#3 Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States from 1921 until his death in 1923.

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#4 George & Barbara Bush, celebrating George’s election to the House of Representatives in 1966

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#5 Eric Arthur Blair, Better Known By His Pen Name George Orwell, Was An English Novelist, Essayist, Journalist, And Critic

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#6 Abraham Lincoln And George Mcclellan At Antietam, October 2nd/3rd, 1862

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#7 Charlie Chaplin Without His Trademark Moustache In His Later Years, Working On A Movie Set

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#8 Native American Chief With Feathers, Unknown Date

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#9 Desmond Doss, Conscientious Objector And Medal Of Honor Recipient. He Was Given The Medal Of Honor For His Actions At Hacksaw Ridge, During The Battle Of Okinawa, Where He Carried 75 Wounded Men To Safety Under Heavy Enemy Fire

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10. August von Mackensen, (born Dec. 6, 1849, Haus Leipnitz, Saxony – died Nov. 8, 1945), German field marshal and one of the most successful commanders in World War I.

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11. Marilyn Monroe After A Party.

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12. Albert Einstein, 1948 By Yousuf Karsh

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13. Richard Pierce – 14 Years Of Age, Works As A Western Union Telegraph Messenger. With Nine Months Of Service. He Works From 7 A.m. To 6 P.m. Smokes. Visits Houses Of Prostitution. Wilmington, Delaware, Ca. May 1910


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