Have you ever looked at an old black and white photograph, and wondered what it would look like if it were taken in color?
Since we discovered how to record light over a century ago, our first attempts at image manipulation was to overcome the limitations of black & white camera technology, so we could see the photograph in color. After all, color is the primary way we perceive the world around us.
Back then, skilled artisans laboriously experimented with a variety of methods – from painting to mechanical printing – to add the color back into an original black white photograph manually, giving the photographs a stylised, but not realistic look.
Today, this craft known popularly as colorization, uses digital tools to laboriously restore the damage accrued by time, before grafting on dozens to thousands of individual layers of color onto the original black and white photograph, rendering them into color with a realism that we couldn’t achieve previously, and giving us a glimpse into what the original photographer saw through their viewfinder.
At Dynamichrome, a great deal of historical research is undertaken to uncover an authentic representation of history as they saw it, making the past come alive in a way that it couldn’t before •
“The sea of colour has
been lost to history…
“Incredible & Beautiful”
We’re fortunate to work with some of the world's leading cultural brands; from archives and museums to music and movies •