These gorgeous colorized photos bring famous historical figures to life

Back in September we showed you this jaw-dropping colorized photo of 29 famous scientists. Now, thanks to the work of 18-year-old artist Mars Madsen, we have some more, including the reworking of black-and-white photos of some famous historical figures and scientists.

It's truly amazing how much life a bit of color can add to a photograph. Black-and-white photos are all fine and well, but the low spectral bandwidth can be quite disengaging at times; color photos simply look more real.

Check out some of our favorites:

These gorgeous colorized photos bring famous historical figures to life

Albert Einstein

These gorgeous colorized photos bring famous historical figures to life

Charles Darwin

These gorgeous colorized photos bring famous historical figures to life

Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch

According to Twisted Sifter, it takes Madsen about 20 to 30 minutes for a portrait, but outdoor shots and images with lots of people and background take much longer. A Civil War buff, he has amassed a portfolio of over 450 images, many of which can be seen at minus.com. Check out this video tutorial to see how he does it.

Here are some more:

These gorgeous colorized photos bring famous historical figures to lifeS

Abraham Lincoln
These gorgeous colorized photos bring famous historical figures to lifeS
Albert Einstein

These gorgeous colorized photos bring famous historical figures to lifeS
Winston Churchill

These gorgeous colorized photos bring famous historical figures to lifeS
Charlie Chaplin

These gorgeous colorized photos bring famous historical figures to lifeS
Frederick Douglas

These gorgeous colorized photos bring famous historical figures to lifeS
Mark Twain

These gorgeous colorized photos bring famous historical figures to lifeS
Migrant Mother