Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we can see how these scenes might have appeared in person.

The picture above was taken by Joe Rosenthal in 1945 during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Hoover Dam Turbine Construction, early 1930s

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

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Bud Fraker: Audrey Hepburn, 1953

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Jack Delano: Sergeant George Camblair learning how to use a gas mask in practice smokescreen, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1942

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

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Seth Kinman, a Californian hunter and trapper, 1865

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Ruth Orkin: Albert Einstein At a Princeton University Luncheon in 1953

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Dorothea Lange: Unemployed lumber worker goes with his wife to the bean harvest. Note Social Security number tattooed on arm, Oregon, August 1939

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Mark Twain relaxing in a garden, c. 1899-1901

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Toni Frissell: A model floating in the water at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida. Published in Harper's Bazaar in December 1947, colorized by Michael Catanachapodaca in 2012

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

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Portrait of Dorothea Lange atop a car with her giant camera, February 1936

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

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Testing a bulletproof vest, Washington, D.C., September 13, 1923

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Che Guevara

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Malcolm Browne: The self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức, 1963

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

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Charlie Chaplin, 1915

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Operation Crossroads Baker Event in Bikini Atoll, 1946

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

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Roger Higgins: Salvador Dalí with ocelot and cane, 1965

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

1927 Solvay Conference Photo

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

(see earlier)

Yousuf Karsh: Albert Einstein, 1948

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Charles Darwin

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Margaret Bourke-White: African American Flood Victims Lined Up, 1937

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

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Alexander Gardner: The last living photograph of Abraham Lincoln, 1865

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Dorothea Lange: Country store on dirt road, Gordonton, North Carolina, 1939

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

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Yousuf Karsh: Winston Churchill, 1941

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

George Orwell

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother, 1936

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Yousuf Karsh: Ernest Hemingway, 1957

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

Alfred Eisenstadt: Sailor Kiss, VJ Day, 1945

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

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Eddie Adams: The Execution of a Viet Cong Guerilla, 1968

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

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Mauretania's first Chief Engineer with other gentlemen in Canada Dock, Liverpool, 1909

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

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Pictures are colorized by Mads Madsen, except where noted otherwise.