Colourizing Vintage Nude Photographs

For some time now, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at colourizing vintage nude photographs from my collection. I finally got around to it.

Here are a few samples of my work, showing the before and after images. I must say they came out pretty okay. The transformation from monochrome to colour adds new life to the photos.

The process begins with scanning the original black and white photographs at high resolution, either from a print or a negative. High-resolution scans ensure all the fine details are captured. Once scanned, the images need some cleanup to remove dust, scratches, and other imperfections that have accumulated over the years.

Pamela Green,photographed by Stephen Glass.Shown in black and white and colorized for a before-and-after comparison.

Next is the colourization process. It requires careful attention to detail to ensure the colours look natural and true to the period. Even so, I find some images are better in black and white, especially if they have been carefully designed and conceived as such.

As they came out so well, I’ve decided to put together another Stephen Glass book. This time of colourized images.

Jean Sporle, captured by Harrison Marks. Shown in black and white and colorized for a before-and-after comparison.

If you have any ideas for the title, I would love to hear it. In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates on this project.

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