Up through World War II, most photos taken were only shown in black and white. But now, thanks to Brazilian artist Marina Amaral, we are able to glimpse history through a new lens — in color.
“I've always been passionate about history and very interested in World War II,” Amaral told Task & Purpose.
She said she began to experiment with Photoshop when she was a child, but it was just a hobby, never anything serious.
However, she said, “One day I found a few colorizations on the internet, by accident, and I was fascinated by the possibility to transform my two passions into one single thing.”
But the colorizations are no easy feat, she added.
“It's like a traditional painting,” she said. “Research, lots of layers of different colors and many hours of patience. Every single pixel is colored by hand — there is nothing automatic in the process.”
Lucky for us, Amaral was kind enough to share six stunning World War II photos with Task & Purpose.
1. Soldiers from C Company, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in Germany, Dec. 11, 1944.
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