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These Color-Corrected Historical Photos Bring History’s Most Disturbing Moments to Life

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How It Really Looked…

Old black and white photos give us the ability to distance ourselves from some of history’s most terrible moments, their lack of color very much separating them from our current reality. In fact, history class often desensitizes us to the disturbing facts of human history, forcing us to focus on numbers and dates instead of the realization of just how awful humans can be to each other.

So what happens when that color gets added back?

Though we’re used to seeing photos from before the 1970s in black and white, we now have the ability to colorize these photos, and the result is that some of history’s most unique and disturbing moments captured on film come back to life. No longer does the barrier of time and technology separate us from wars and struggles of the past. Suddenly, we, too, end up inside the pictures.

Artist Marina Amaral has dedicated herself to the craft of restoring or introducing color into historic photographs. According to her, this allows “people to see history from a new and colorful perspective. Each photo is made to be realistic by recognizing the value behind each one of them, respecting and preserving their stories, paying attention to the finer details and maintaining their original essence.”

historical photos monk self immolation

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See these historical moments in color…

War-Torn Streets

historical photos in color soldiers on street

Credit: Marina Amaral/ imgur

American troops patrol the abandoned streets of Juvigny le Tertre, 1944.

Concentration Camps

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Credit: Marina Amaral/ imgur

The true horrors of the Holocaust brought to life.