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Famous Black & White Shots 'Painted' With Colour

Famous Black & White Shots 'Painted' With Colour - An artist from Sweden has caused a bit of controversy by adding colour to famous black & white shots.

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Right or wrong, Sanna Dullaway has most definitely caused a bit of a stir by adding colour to old black & white shots. The Swedish artist began by adding colour to not so famous black & white shots but decided to demonstrate her skills by colouring more famous photos.

Sanna has received quite a lot of praise for her efforts but as the images she's altered aren't actually hers, as you can imagine, quite a lot of heat has been directed her way too.

In response to the attention the images have received, Sanna posted a comment on her Deviant Art profile which starts by saying: "Ignorance is not an excuse and I (now) know some of the photos are not public domain but copyrighted." She goes on to explain how she hasn't posted any copyrighted photos on her website or Deviant Art that she hasn't got permission to use. Sanna also says she just wanted to "show you a new perspective of the black & white old world" and didn't want to "'improve' nor 'replace' the photos." You can read the full statement on her Deviant Art profile.

As ePHOTOzine does not have permission from the artist or the photographers who originally took the shots to use them, we won't be posting them on site. To see the shots, visit the Imgur website.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Post them in the comments here or join the debate in our forums: Changing History?

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Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
19 Jan 2012 11:42AM
Whatever your views you can't deny that they are superbly done. I love the one of Winston Churchill in the the wood panelled 'office' as it seems to enhance his presence and make him look far more powerful than the original mono shot.

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lauraanne 10 27 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 12:40PM
These iconic images have a place in our history and as such my personal view is that they should be left in black and white. Black and white photography in many cases was the only media available at that time and as such that was how they were recorded. In some where colour was around the photographer chose black and white to portray the depth of feeling of the image and therefore they should be left alone. In some ways for me they belittle the importance of the original image and commercialise points in history.
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 12:42PM
Truly well done and it make the subjects seem more real and accessible, granted she has not right to publish others work- she now acknowledges this, i wonder if this is a bit like a music artist that samples others music to mix it with their own creativity.
Its great to see some classics in a new light.
Andy80F 15 326 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 1:47PM
Interesting and in some cases, such as Einstein and Twain, excellent. I wonder if the original photographer would be happy with her reworking of their images and suspect they would approve. The only quibble would be around the accuracy of eye and hair colour etc if these were to be used as a historical context but wonderful work none the less.
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
19 Jan 2012 2:10PM

Quote:I love the one of Winston Churchill in the the wood panelled 'office' as it seems to enhance his presence and make him look far more powerful than the original mono shot.

Took the words from my mouth Kris. It just leaps off the page. As I said in the Forum post...

Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 10:51PM
Cant say i disapprove and actually like most of the colour versions TBH. Agree that she cannot publish what is not hers, but nevertheless, they are superbly done.
monstersnowman 12 1.7k 1 England
20 Jan 2012 12:44AM
Yes I enjoyed them. They seem to bring life and realism to images that in mono where archaic and lacking in life. I got the feeling more that I was seeing a real person who lived and breathed rather than a flat record of a distant historic figure. Not sure what this says about the difference between mono and colour portraits because I enjoy mono work very much.
20 Jan 2012 4:40AM
If the creators wanted colour they would have HAND COLOURING.

In the mid 1980's I took a class in HAND COLOURING which I was informative and something different my regular shots of the time in KODCHROME which is no longer.

But can't get the feeling it's like the colourized of films like the CHRISTMAS CAROLE with A Sims makes a laugh as the end the colours are so alive but one should always realize it's the story for the GOP is in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and perhaps

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