Artist Gives New Life to Historical Photos Through Colorization

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Mario Unger is a photographer and digital artist from Austria whose main work last year was to restore and colorize old historical photos.

“The reason for doing all of this work was to reduce the felt distance in time a little bit. I love B&W photography, but for some images I think, color is needed and most of B&W photography was done for one reason, there just was no color film!” he wrote on Bored Panda.

Unger’s colored versions of photos from the past unveil a clearer picture of what life might have really been like and highlight the details we might have missed.

“I love to transport feelings from the past into the present day and that only works with ‘real’ colors,” he shared.

Check out his incredible colorized photos below.

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Old time promotion 🙂

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Sigmund Freud, by Max Halberstadt 1920

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Sir Edmund Hillary, 1953, colorized version

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Sir Edmund Hillary, 1953 original

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Roma People, Oberwart/Austria, ca 1920

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Egon Schiele 1914

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L. E. Jerome, by C. M. Bell, ca 1900

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Evelyn Nesbit ca. 1900

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Pablo Picasso 1957

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Ab morgen, Ausstellung, Inform Oberwart, Halle 1

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