Some photography purists may disagree, but tastefully adding color to classic black and white photos can often times be pretty great by being able to uncover a previously untouched layer of life and connectivity laying dormant in it’s originally monochromatic state. Not to say that a black and white photograph isn’t capable of capturing the truest essence of it’s subject or evoking a strong sense of drama and emotion. Because it certainly can and often does. But in adding the appropriate color to pictures of people and events only ever captured in the black and white spectrum, it truly does make them more ‘real’. Of course, a black and white photograph doesn’t suspend any sense of belief or devalue the credibility of it’s subjects true existence. It’s just that when such photographs are given color it also grants them something else that previously remained untapped – warmth. It gives them tangibility. And with that, life. Flesh tones and textures of fabric become more distinct. Eyes become more piercing and powerful. Facial features and locations become more pronounced. All these add to the effect of the subject connecting with it’s viewer. Almost to the point where you might almost know what the person is thinking just from looking into their eyes. (The famous Nikola Tesla portrait illustrates this opinion very well) ┬áIf this trend intrigues you, a fantastically colored collection of 25 famous photographs of influential people and moments found here will surely suit your palette. If viewing the photos inspires you to learn how to do this on your own, a talented Photoshop artist named Mads Madsen has created a quick tutorial detailing how to achieve this very same effect so don’t forget to check it out below. A truly successful portrait captures the soul and essence of it’s subject. And in adding color, this lofty goal is better realized. Wouldn’t hue agree?

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