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Colorization of Young Kid on the New York Sidewalk, 1954
This tough looking kid was originally photographed by street photographer, Vivian Maier. This is the second colorization I have completed from her work( The first can be seen here) and I have a few more I intend to work on in the near future. Vivian was not known at all in her time period and her photos were not even discovered or seen until 2006.
The story of Vivian Maier’s photographs and how they came to be discovered is pretty cool. Vivian’s work wasn’t discovered until around 2005/2006 when amateur photographer John Maloof purchased her negatives at an auction in Chicago. John was searching for old photos and doing research for his own project and it wasn’t until john began developing some of the negatives that he realized what he had come across. There were around 10,000 negatives in all and most of the photos are incredibly stunning depictions of street life in Chicago and New York.
It’s funny to imagine if someone other than John Maloof purchased those photos. They could be sitting in a dark attic somewhere or a mildew filled storage unit collecting dust, fortunately that’s not the case.
This colorization is the second I have completed using my new Wacom Intuos Touch Graphic Tablet. Its taking a little while to get used to, but now that I am getting proficient with it, I really don’t know how I worked without it. Its much easier to fill in the small details when working with a pen and tablet and the programmable shortcuts really take the time consuming Photoshop details and Layer setups out of the equation. I think my work looks a great deal more crisp with the new equipment and I look forward to showing more of my work with it.
My full size colorization is below as well as the full size black and white photo. Feel free to share this colorization on your social network of choice as well as leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.