The practice of colorizing historical black and white photos is always a subject for debate. Some believe that images from the past should stay preserved in their original form, while others think it’s a unique way to show what life was like in a particular era.
Either way, the practice is eye-opening and puts us right in the midst of history, rather than looking at a colorless memory from the outside.
In a recent project, Swedish artist Sanna Dullaway restored and colored some of the most famous photos from the Civil War. Although some of the images were damaged, Dullaway breathed life back into them in a truly gorgous and dreamlike way.
[Captions via Answers.com]
A tent village belonging to the 31st Penn. Inf. at Queen’s farm, near Fort Slocum in Washington, DC. (1861)
Men at Gen. Orlando B. Willcox’s headquarters, Petersburg, Va., watching a cock fight. (1864)
Surgeons of the 3rd Division in front of a hospital tent in Petersburg, Va. (1864)
Allan Pinkerton (“E. J. Allen”) of the Secret Service on horseback in Antietam, Md.(1862)
Three Confederate prisoners in Gettysburg, Penn. (1863)
President Lincoln visiting soldiers on the battlefield. (Date unknown)
Camp of Captain John J. Hoff in Gettysburg, Penn. (1865)
President Lincoln and Gen. George B. McClellan in the general’s tent, Antietam, Md. (1862)
Officer’s mess, Company E, 93rd New York Volunteers in Bealeton, Va. (1863)
The “old hero of Gettysburg,” John L. Burns, with his gun and crutches in Gettysburg, Penn. (1863)
Powder boy by a gun of the U.S.S. New Hampshire off the coast of Charleston, S.C. (1860)
Lewis Payne, a conspirator in the assassination of President Lincoln, shown in the Washington Navy Yard. (1865)
Soldiers bathing near the ruins of a railroad bridge, North Anna River, Va. (1864)