Francoise Hardy on the set of “Grand Prix”, 1966


Colorized  photo of Francoise Hardy on the set of Grand Prix

 I have been intending to colorize this black and white photo of French singer and actress Francoise Hardy on the set of “Grand Prix” in 1966 for some time now, but something always seemed to hinder me. Last week I was overbooked with client work (That’s not a bad thing) and during some brief down time, I attempted to finish this photo and was doing well, until Photoshop crashed and I lost about four hours of work. I definitely need to get a new computer (and one of these) mine is on its last leg. So again, I apologize for the lack of updates and have some excellent work I am looking forward to sharing.

 Francoise Hardy is a French singer and actress who is known for being relatively shy. She played a minor role in the film “Whats New Pussycat” and acted alongside James Garner in the American action film “Grand Prix”. “Grand Prix” was a fictional film that follows the fate of four formula one drivers in the 1966 season. The film included real race footage, cameo appearances by Formula One champions and was one of the top ten grossing movies in 1966.

 The camera Francoise is holding is a Minox. Most Minox cameras were all silver but there were a few that were colored, So I took some artistic liberty in adding the pink. It did take a while to get Francoise’s hair correct. Her golden brown hair also had shades of honey blonde throughout and it was a fun challenge getting it to look accurate. If you follow my site or have seen my other work you know I love working with reflections and I had the opportunity to do so with Francoise’s sunglasses.

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

Black and white photo of Francoise Hardy on the set of Grand PrixBlack and white photo of Francoise Hardy on the set of Grand Prix 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.


  1. Helen Paizes
    Helen PaizesReply
    December 4, 2017 at 8:53 am

    What is the title of the book Francoise is reading and who is the author.
    Thank you in advance.

  2. Helen Paizes
    Helen PaizesReply
    December 4, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I love the color photo above,with the backdrop left in the original black & white.Are there any other colorization photos of Francoise?

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