April 16, 2024

Color brings Kim Il Sung-era pictures to life

Looking only at black-and-white photos can leave viewers with stale impression of history

When we open history books that discuss modern – but not very recent – history, they are usually filled with black-and white photos, as for many years taking color photos required much time and special equipment. One of the consequences of this is that history, in minds of many people, becomes black and white too. We do understand that World War II was not fought by gray-skinned soldiers wearing gray uniforms under a gray sky – but in our subconscious minds many people have exactly this image.

Recently, I’ve developed a hobby of colorizing historical photos by using computer programs, and I would like to show a few examples of my work. A few remarks before proceeding:

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