Photo credit: Reddit

The majority of photography remained monochrome until the mid-20th century, although experiments were producing color photography as early as 1855 and some photographic processes produced images with an inherent overall color like the blue of cyanotypes. Now, digital artists from Reddit are colorizing many historic photographs for the world to enjoy, like the Elizabeth Taylor portrait you see above. Continue reading to see more.

One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the Sifter’s personal favourites is r/ColorizedHistory.

The major contributors are a mix of professional and amateur colorizers that bring historic photos to life through color. All of them are highly skilled digital artists that use a combination of historical reference material and a natural eye for colour.

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