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“The past brought to life”

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Have you ever looked at an old black and white photograph, and wondered what it would look like if it were taken in color?

 
 
 
Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.
— Joel Sternfield

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 •

 
 

Cat Art Prints, supplied by the ColorGraph Co.

See the past come alive in your own home with stunning colorized photographs, now available as archival prints made in England.

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The Discovery of Tutankhamun

The Griffith Institute
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Dynamichrome was commissioned to restore and colorize thirty of Harry Burton's iconic photographs, recording Howard Carter’s now legendary discovery of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun in the early 1920s •

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History As
They Saw It

Chronicle Books

With over 120 historic black-and-white photographs thoroughly restored and rendered in color, History As They Saw It illuminates some of the most iconic moments in history, from the sinking of the Titanic to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge •

 

“The sea of colour has
been lost to history…
until now”

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The Craft of Colorization

Do you ever wonder how we do it?
We’ll take you through every stage, from appraising a damaged photograph to grafting on layers of color and final adjustments •

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First World War Galleries

Imperial War Museums London
ISO Exhibitions

As part of a £40 million pound transformation, the First World War Galleries now include a trench experience featuring full 1:1 sized colorized photographs from the IWM archives •

 

“Incredible & Beautiful”

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The Making of


Resistance is Futile

The Manic Street Preachers
Columbia Records

Columbia Records commissioned Dynamichrome to digitally colorize an original hand-tinted photograph from Franz von Stillfried-Ratenicz's famous Japanese portraits of the Meiji era •

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100 Years, 20 Photographs, 1 Location.

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5th Avenue, New York

Unwrapping Times Square combines over a hundred years of archive and contemporary photography into a single seamless and surreal panorama •

 

“Stunning”

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Collaborators

We’re fortunate to work with some of the world's leading cultural brands; from archives and museums to music and movies •

 
 

Have something in mind?

Whether or not you’re someone with a family portrait, or an organisation with access to a large number of pictures; we can help you restore your valuable photographs and see them in color for the first time.

Just use the form to get in touch, and we’ll aim to respond within a day.

 
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