Colorized New Years

Happy New Year!

A revisit and retouch to one of my favorite colorized photos.  I added some subtle detail to the skin tones and hair, upped the vibrance and adjusted the reflections in the chairs. I originally completed this photo a year ago and it is in the top five of the most time consuming photos I have…

Colorized black and white photo of Kay Aldridge

American Film Actress and Model, Kay Aldridge

Considered to be one of the most photographed woman of the 1930’s, Katherine “Kay” Aldridge was an American film actress and model known for her wide-eyed enthusiasm and whole-hearted energy . Kay Aldridge was born in Tallahassee, Florida on July 9th, 1917 and grew up and attended school in northern Virginia. Unlike most other starlets…

Colorized black and white photo of Ellis Island Immigrants

Immigrant Children Arrive at Ellis Island, New York 1908

This photo of immigrant children & their families comes from the National Archives and was taken at Ellis Island, New York in 1908 by the Brown brothers. From 1892 until its doors closed in 1954, millions of immigrants passed through Ellis Island in search of a better life. The faces of the children in this…

Colorization and restoration of black and white photo. Photo depicts two women under a cherry blossom tree. The photo was taken in Washington DC 1935

Japanese Cherry Blossoms Bloom in Washington D.C , 1935.

Finally. This is easily the most time consuming photo I have ever worked on.This colorization, along with some retouching work I am completing for clients, is the reason for the lack of recent updates The original black and white photo comes from the Harris & Ewing archives courtesy of the Library of Congress and was…

Colorized photo Dolores Moran

Dolores Moran at The Beverly Hills Hotel, 1948.

This photo of American film actress Dolores Moran was taken at the infamous Beverly Hills Hotel in 1948. Dolores was more well known for her affairs with married men than her limited film career. Dolores began as a pin-up model before she began landing several supportive roles in some minor films. In 1944, Dolores  landed…

Colorized photo of Salvador Dali

Salvador Dalí painting “The Face of War”,1940.

Salvador Dalí , whose full name is Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol  was a prominent surrealist painter known for his highly imaginative works and bizarre behavior. Dalí was born in May of 1904 in the small Spanish agricultural village of Figueres and is most widely known for his painting The Persistence of…

Colorized photo Vietnam War

American Paratroopers in Southern Vietnam, 1965

This photo was taken in the jungle area of Ben Cat, South Vietnam, Sept. 25, 1965 by french photographer Henry Huet. The soldiers in the photo are paratroopers of the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade. The guns being carried by the soldiers are M-16’s. Although I would have preferred to color the stocks of the…

Colorized black and white photo

A Return and Rework of “Plunging Necklines of 1949”

The past few months, I have been asked several times for a higher resolution version of this photo. The photo was originally taken by Nina Leen for Life Magazine in 1949 and for some reason I worked with a lower res version. This wasn’t intentional and I decided to revisit and touch up some details…