Actress and Co-Founder of United Artists Film Studio, Mary Pickford,1925.


Black and white photo of Mary Pickford Colorized

This black and white photo of Canadian-American actress Mary Pickford was taken in 1925 as a promotional still for the film  “Little Annie Rooney”.  One of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood, Mary was also a significant figure in the development of film acting. Not only was Mary a film actress, but she went on to co-found United Artists Film Studios and is also one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 Mary Pickford used her stature in the film industry to support several causes. Mary promoted the sale of Liberty Bonds, through an exhausting series of fund-raising speeches that kicked off in Washington, D.C. where she sold bonds alongside Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Theda Bara, and Marie Dressler.

The restoration process on this photo was lengthy. You will notice that I removed the table from the original photo during the restoration process. The table seemed to draw away from Mary and I eventually felt it looked far once the table was removed.

The original black and white photo is below along with my full size colorization. If you would like any prints of my work feel free to use the contact form at the bottom of the page,. if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Black and white photo of Mary PickfordBlack and white photo of Mary Pickford Colorized

All photo colorization found within Metacolor is completed by hand using a Wacom Graphic Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CC software. All website design, writing and photo colorization/restoration found within is the sole work of Wayne Degan.


    January 7, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Estimado señor Wayne:
    Ante todo felicitarle el año nuevo y decirle que es usted realmente un maestro en el arte de colorear y como no de retocar las fotografías en blanco y negro algo dificilísimo y fundamental pues de ello dependerá el resultado de la fotografía final.
    Soy un aficionado a este arte tan maravilloso que es el arte digital, realice un curso de fotografía en blanco y negro analógico, el cual deje de realizar trabajos hace ya unos cuantos años. Pero esa sensación de estar en contacto con una fotografía me atrapo de nuevo .
    Trasteando por la red intentando cultivarme , di con su página y fue una alegría grandísima pues muchas personas me decían que no merecía la pena estar tanto tiempo en el ordenador pintorejeando una fotografía que nadie valoraría y no llegaría muy lejos y mucho menos ser una profesión o vivir de ello.
    Me gustaría que si es tan amable que me dedicara unos minutos de su tan valioso tiempo y me diera algunos consejos y los pasos que debo realizar.
    Siga Así Wayne deleitándonos y enseñándonos este bonito ARTE DE COLOREAR UNA FOTOGRAFIA.
    Reciba un cordial saludo
    Atentamente un Alumno suyo.

    Luis Miguel Muñoz Sánchez.

    January 7, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Dear Mr. Wayne:
    First of all congratulate the new year and say that you are really a master in the art of coloring and as retouching photographs in black and white something very difficult and critical because it will determine the outcome of the final photograph.
    I am a fan of this wonderful art is digital art, do a photography course analog black and white, which no longer perform work a few years ago. But that feeling of being in contact with a photograph caught me again.
    Tinkering trying to cultivate the net, I came across your site and it was a great joy for many people told me that it was not worth spending so much time on the computer pintorejeando a photograph that nobody would value and not get very far, much less be a profession or live it.
    I would like if you please devote myself few minutes of your valuable time and give me some tips and steps you must perform.
    Follow Wayne So delighting and instructing us this nice AN ART OF COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY.
    Yours sincerely
    Sincerely one of his student.

    Luis Miguel Muñoz Sánchez.

    • MetaColor
      January 8, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Hello Luis and thank you for the kind words on my work! I would be happy to help you by giving you a few tips and steps. Here is a link to a basic tutorial I put together:

      And here are some quick tips.

      * Color everything! Even if the object is black or white, don’t leave it uncolored. I see this shortcut often, uncolored items look “flat” and can ruin hours of hard work on a photo.

      * I use the “Soft Light” layer blending mode for skin tones 90 percent of the time.

      * Include a very low opacity (like 1 or 2%) blue and purple layer with your overall skin tone. This gives the skin more subtle color and takes away from the orangeness from the skin.

      * I use the vivid light blending mode for 90% of shiny objects. Jewelry,chrome on cars, silverware are all examples.

      If you have any questions or need advice on this subject, please feel free to email me at [email protected] I will be happy to help.

  3. Rosalinda
    February 17, 2017 at 7:02 am

    This artlice went ahead and made my day.

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