Colorization of Plunging Necklines,1948 by Nina Leen


Colorization of Nina Leens fashion photo of 1949

 This original black and white photo was taken by Nina Leen in 1949. Nina Leen was one of the first woman photographers for LIFE Magazine and was known for her photos of animals, adolescents and American women.

I am quite proud of how this colorization turned out and I think it is among the best I have ever done. I take pride in my attention to detail and if you notice, the reflection on the table is quite accurate. The paintings in this photo really added to the fullness of the colorization although they appear a bit odd. The painting in the bottom left hand corner looks like a pope shooting a bazooka to me, although I’m sure thats not what it is. The woman on the far right also reminds me Lucille Bluth from “Arrested Development”.

The full size original black and white photo is below as well as my full size colorization. Feel free to share this on your social network of choice or leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.

black and white photo of nina leens plunging necklinesColorization of Nina Leens fashion photo of 1949

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.


  1. Chase May
    Chase MayReply
    July 21, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Hi MetaColor. First I just want to say that your work is amazing. Really enjoy your website.

    I really love your work on the women with plunging necklines:

    You state that the full size colorings of this are here, but they’re only 640 x 532 pixels and I’ve found some of the black and white version that are double the resolution, as found here

    I was wondering if you had a higher resolution available that was colorized and if so if you’d be willing to share. I’d be willing to pay. I’d love to have this printed for a wall.

    Thanks MetaColor!

    • MetaColor
      July 21, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you Chase.I have actually revisited this image and brought the resolution and some other minor details up. I will email it to you shortly.

  2. Juliette
    April 19, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Hi MetaColor, I am particularly drawn by your re-editted vintage photos! As a fashion consultant, I wonder if there is any possibility that we could “buy” these kind of photos for commercial purposes? Thanks!

    • MetaColor
      June 11, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Hi Juliette,Thanks for the kind words. I don’t sell any of my photo works for use for commercial purposes. The copyright issues regarding modified works is a bit touchy when it comes to photo colorizations and I would rather play it safe.

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