Colorizing: vision or violation?

Eisenstaedt recolored

What happens to the meaning of an iconic black & white photo when it’s meticulously reinterpreted as a color image? Do we gain insight? Or do we lose the impact and value of the original image? Or both?

As you’ll see if you read the comments, this series by Swedish artist and photo restoration expert Sanna Dullaway invites controversy.

Personally, I think it’s a fascinating experiment, and helps me see how the photographers worked — interpreting the colorful world around them as black & white compositions, capturing the “decisive moment”, seeing what we mere mortals might have overlooked.

iconic black-and-white photos photoshopped in colour.

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