Young Couple Dancing in Paris, 1951


Colorized photo of a young couple dancing, 1950s

 This photo was taken by French Photographer Robert Doisneau  in 1951. There is not much information in regards to the setting and background of the photo other than it’s title “Be-bop en cave, Vieux Colombier” which translates to “Bebop Cellar , Vieux Colombier” . I kind of enjoy not knowing the background history of this photo and the circumstances around it, it leaves a bit of mystery to the imagination.  I couldn’t help but notice that the woman dancing in this photo bears a striking resemblance to Katie Holmes. 

The colorization of this photo was somewhat easier than expected, generally it is the opposite. I chose to leave the background dark rather than lighten everything up to keep the mood and focus of the two subjects. My full size colorization is below as well as the full size original black and white photo.
Young couple 1950s dancingColorized photo of a young couple dancing, 1950s

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. Vanessa
    March 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I look exactly like this young woman in the photography! it’s creepy! i wish u knew more details!

    • MetaColor
      March 16, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Cool! I wish I could find more info as well, I love this photo. The only details that I can find is that it was taken in a dance club located in a cellar in Paris by Robert Doisneau in 1951.

  2. carrie
    July 12, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Hi there, I am desperately trying to source this print for a 50th birthday present. Can you help please?……….many thanks, Carrie Fenwick

    • MetaColor
      July 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Are you seeking a color or black and white version?

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