Paul Newman on a Water taxi in Venice,1963


Colorization of Paul Newman on a Water Taxi in 1963

  Paul Newman was an American actor, director, race car driver and humanitarian. Ive read many stories about Paul and they all seem to portray him as generous, kind and just an all around awesome guy. You have most likely seen Newmans Own brand dressings and other items on the food shelves of your local grocery store as well. Newmans Own is a food company from which Paul Newman donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity, as of 2013 these donations exceeded 380 million. 

 Before his losing his life to lung cancer in 1988, Paul won an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money.

Paul won many other awards in his long career including six Golden Globe Awards (including three honorary ones), a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and a Emmy Award. Paul Newman loved to race and was quite talented and won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel Indy Car racing.

This particular photo of Paul Newman taken in 1963 Venice and puts him at about age 38 if I did my math correctly(Probably not). The original Black and white photo is below as well as my full size colorization. Feel free to share this post on your social network of choice or leave a comment in the comment section below.

Black and white photo of paul newman on a water taxi

Colorization of Paul Newman on a Water Taxi in 1963

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. donna brosious
    donna brosiousReply
    March 28, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I absolutely love this picture of Paul in the color. I have all over the internet looking for it for my barbershop
    I am looking for a print I can put into a frame. Size about 18 x 24.

    Please let me know if you can help me.

    Thank you.


    • MetaColor
      March 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you Donna! If you will send me your email address to [email protected] I will gladly send you a download link for a resized version of this photo.

  2. Keith Bryant
    Keith BryantReply
    April 28, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I have also been trying to purchase this print. With no luck any info would be appreciated.

  3. Bobby
    June 20, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Hi – is there any way you could send me an 8×10 version of this image for print?


    • MetaColor
      June 21, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Sure, I just sent it to you in a email.

  4. Casio
    June 23, 2015 at 11:33 am

    The print is available at Sonic Editions –

  5. Dominic Cox
    Dominic CoxReply
    August 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Wayne,

    I think what you have done with the photos on your site is phenomenal! And this is by far the coolest shot I’ve seen of Paul Newman! I would love to shoot through a filter this way, but I guess that is not possible since you use a Wacom tablet & Photoshop CC. How much time on average does it take you to complete a process like this on your photos? Personally I prefer to spend most time behind the camera lens, instead of at the computer. I’ve been an IT professional for the last 20 yrs and I’ve spent far too much of my time sitting at a computer. Thanks in advance for any comments, feedback or suggestions!

    Cheers to you up in Maine, it’s so beautiful up there!

    • MetaColor
      August 30, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it is beautiful here in Maine. Each photo varies on how long it takes to complete.Quality,amount of details and of course amount of research all factor in to how long it takes to complete a photo. The Audrey Hebpurn photo I completed in which she is shopping with her pet deer took about 20 hours to complete. This particular photo took about 7 to 10 hours of total work time to complete.

      Oh and I too work in a IT related field as my day job. Thanks for checking out my photo work!

  6. Kim
    September 7, 2015 at 3:26 am

    I was searching for this photo after seeing it hanging in the Gritti Palace in Venice. They have a hallway of photos of stars that had stayed there and I was so taken by this photo that I took a photo of the photo. I like your version even better because you see Paul’s famous blue eyes and you did an amazing job coloring it. I would so appreciate a download of you version. Paul is the best male movie star of all time! (And I’m not old!)

    • MetaColor
      September 10, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Hey there Kim! Thanks for the kind words on my work. I love this photo as well. If you send me your email address to [email protected] I will happily send you downloadable versions. 🙂

  7. Jackie B
    Jackie BReply
    October 3, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Hi – I have always loved this photo of Paul Newman… Have looked to try and purchase to no avail… Would love it if you would send me your colorized version of this photo…. Much appreciated, Jackie

  8. daren fox
    daren foxReply
    January 27, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Fantastic colourised picture olease can you send me a link to download

    Thank you

    • MetaColor
      January 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you.Sure, here is a download link for the photo.

  9. Sally
    May 12, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Hi there,

    I love this photo, both the original and your colourised version. Is there any way you could send me a link so that I could download hi res versions of both?

    Also, is there anywhere I can view your other work?

    • MetaColor
      May 13, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Sally,
      Sure, I would be happy to send you the download links. Just send an email to me at [email protected] and I will reply with the download links.

      More of my work can be seen right here on this site as well as social media sites like Facebook, Flickr, etc. The icons near the top right of the page, where it says “Follow Metacolor” will take to various social media sites with my work.

  10. Patrick Santegoets
    Patrick SantegoetsReply
    March 6, 2017 at 11:41 pm


    I’ m from the Netherlands and stumbled on this picture on your website. I was planning on letting a shop make me a textileframe to hang in my living room (without getting broke or going bankrupt… It has to be the black and white picture of Newman on the Riva in Venice. For me there is so much going on in that picture, I really love it!
    The only problem I have is the quality the pic has to be at least. I don’t know anything about
    photografy and/or printing and the measurements of the frame should be 2.0 meters x 2,5 meters (haven’t quite figured out the inches..). Would this pic be suitable for making such an enlargement without being unsharp/blur (pardon my English, it been a while since high school :-))?
    If so, please let me know where to download it. If not, maybe you know a site that will have the quality that’s required?
    At this point in my life it would mean the world to me to have this specific picture on the wall and it will carry me through a tough time for sure!
    Hope to hear a solution from you. Many thanks in advance.

    Best regards,
    Patrick, The Netherlands

    • MetaColor
      March 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Hello Patrick,
      Sure, I can send you the files that you are looking for. I see your email address, so I will send over the photos for you shortly.

  11. Angelica Beirith
    Angelica BeirithReply
    May 19, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Hallo from Germany,
    The people written before me said everything that I wanted to say. I have been looking for exactly that picture everywhere. I am not quite sure which one I prefer, it would be very nice of you to send me the download or files, too.
    Hope to hear from you,
    Best regards and a big thank you from Germany

  12. Peter
    June 28, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Wayne, I love this photograph! It’s even better with how you colored it! Are you able to send a hi res download? Just want to point out the Paul died in 2008, not 1988. I met him on the set of Hudsucker Proxy.. total class act, Thank you!

  13. Lais Haidari
    Lais HaidariReply
    August 13, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Hi, i just stumbled across this amazing picture on your webpage.
    I ve wanted to get a print ( 1m-1,5m) of the black and white pic to put on my living room wall for quite some time , but couldnt find a good quality one.
    Could you send me a resized download?
    Best Regards and many thanks in advance


  14. Kristina
    October 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm


    You did such a good job! The colorised version is amazing! I love the original since I have seen it for the first time and would be so glad if you could send me the file or photos in black and white and colorized. Have a nice day!

    • MetaColor
      December 4, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you! I just noticed this comment, sorry for the delay in responding.

  15. Jane Hoey
    Jane HoeyReply
    November 24, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Hi there
    When I was 16 my wall was covered with pictures of Paul Newman but none came near this fabulous black and white photo which I saw for the first time when I visited Venice with my daughter. Plus I just love that you download these images for others…taking a lead out of his book! Is it at all possible that you could do the same for me? Looking forward to hearing from you…Jane

  16. Jan-Willem Winckel
    Jan-Willem WinckelReply
    December 28, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Hello from Amsterdam,

    I have send you an e-mail yesterday but I’m not sure if got through or not.
    I also would love to have your colourised photo of Paul.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Kind regards,


  17. Kelly
    January 27, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    This is one of my favourite Paul Newman photos, I have not seen it done this way up until now, it’s great! All of the photos that were taken in Venice of a Paul Newman are very classy and tasteful. Do you have any others?

    Also could I be cheeky and ask for a copy too? If so I thank you in advance, if not then it was nice looking


    • MetaColor
      February 14, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      Hello Kelly, my apologies for the late reply. Sure I would be happy to send you a copy of the photo. I will email it to you now.

  18. Peter von Nandelstadh
    Peter von NandelstadhReply
    April 12, 2018 at 8:29 pm


    I would love a printable copy of this photo please. Your work is simply Amazing!


    Peter von Nandelstadh

    • MetaColor
      June 11, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      My apologies for the late reply. Thanks for the kind words on my work. I can certainly email you the highest resolution copy I have of the photo. I will send it to the email you have listed.

  19. Diego
    May 1, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Hi from Spain!

    I can’t explain properly how powerful your colorized image is. I have been looking this Paul newman pic for a long time and definitely i would like to get your version for my home.
    If i could have any info about price and would be great!
    Many many thanks in advance!

    • MetaColor
      June 11, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Hello Diego,my apologies for the late reply. Thanks for the kind words! I am happy to provide you with the highest resolution version of the photos I have and you may print them if you wish. I will send them to your email.

  20. pam
    May 24, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I would like to gift this to my friend for her 50th- is there any way you could e mail me a black and white version so I can get it framed?

    • MetaColor
      June 11, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      Sure. I just sent you the links to your email.

  21. Lais Haidari
    Lais HaidariReply
    November 4, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Hi, i just stumbled across this amazing picture on your webpage.
    I really love the coloured version you did !
    Is there any way you coud email it to me so i can make a print?
    Many thanks in advance und great job!

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