History comes to life in vivid black-and-white portraits turned to colour
You've seen Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Mark Twain - but never quite like this.
Mads Madsen, a Danish artist and full-time English and history student, has perfected the art of adding colour to old black and white portraits - bringing history vividly to life.
Self- taught Madsen began his remarkable trade by restoring and colorizing the portraits of Civil War officers. The young artist had developed a strong interest in the Civil War, he said, and adding colour gave him a way to feel closer to the history.
However, he soon moved on to colorizing more recognizable historical figures.
Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant and Ernest Hemingway have all gotten the color treatment.
“I originally came upon colorization in late 2011 when I was scouring the internet for random photographs and I stumbled upon and old lady’s hand coloured photographs, that she then re-scanned and sold as prints - I was blown away and it was just unbelievable.
I must've saved thousands of photographs in the span of a few hours before finally deciding 'Hell, I can do that!', and so I begun. It was a long road of trial and error as I'm mostly self-taught, but I like to think I have a unique style.
I've always loved photography, but I've never wanted to be a photographer, I just like the idea of men like Albert Kahn and the Lumière brothers capturing the world in black and white as they saw it, not knowing what kind of humans would view it centuries later, and my mind is consistently blown by Sergey Prokudin-Gorskii's insane clarity and detail of his colour photographs of 1910's-Russia.”