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Artist Colorizes Photos Of Golden Age Hollywood Actors, And The Results Are Astonishing

Color photography brings pictures to life by highlighting every vibrant detail. However, photographers in the past could only represent the world through black-and-white pictures. Have you ever wondered what exactly the photographers were seeing at the time?

Colorists Marina Amaral, Andrea Erali, and Olga Shirinina, who have previously been featured on Bored Panda, spend hours recreating vintage black and white images. They add a modern air to these golden age photos, and the results are astonishing. It’s quite a complex and time-consuming task that requires not only excellent editing abilities but also historical knowledge and research in order to color the image as real as possible.

With the rapid growth of AI and machine learning, I wondered if this meticulous work might be performed by technology as well as by humans. Only time will tell, but it appears that the future is approaching. An artist name Hidrėlėy discovered the DeepAI picture colorization API, which allows you to colorize black and white photos and movies in a matter of seconds.

He applied the test with these legendary B&W photographs of stars from Hollywood’s golden era, and the results are far from perfect!

#1 Audrey Hepburn

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I absolutely love that hairstyle!

#2 Ava Gardner

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Missed her foot.

#3 Bette Davis

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The lipstick was extremely dark so it would contrast well with the camera.

#4 Betty Grable

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 She’s gorgeous. She has a very modern look. I could see her in 2020 easily.

#5 Charlie Chaplin And Virginia Cherrill

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They look so cute:)

#6 Charlton Heston

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Classy, classy, classy! He came to Indiana to visit the Lew Wallace Study and Museum (where Wallace wrote Ben-Hur) many years ago!

#7 Clark Gable

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Awesome!

#8 Elizabeth Taylor

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Her hair looks so pretty!

#9 Elvis Presley

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So Michael Jackson wasn’t the first to do THIS pose!

#10 Frank Sinatra

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Ol’ blue eyes..

#11 Fred Astaire

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The face is too red – makes Fred look like he was crying.

#12 Gary Cooper And Helen Hayes

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…super duper…! (Puttin on the Ritz, anyone?)

#13 Grace Kelly

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Picture of a beauty queen…

#14 Greta Garbo And George Brent

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And famously said, “I want to be alone”.

#15 Ingrid Bergman

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That globe doesn’t even have the countries on it … it just says AFRICA.

#16 James Dean

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…on the cover of a magazine…

#17 Jayne Mansfield

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A beautiful, talented woman with a beautiful and talented daughter.

#18 Judy Garland

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What a pretty colored dress! It’s a shame you couldn’t see the color in the first.

#19 Judy Garland And Gene Kelly

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My Mom had such a crush on Gene Kelly so I grew up watching his movies. I still love them.

#20 Julie Andrews

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Gorgeous both ways!

#21 Katharine Hepburn

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First woman wears pants when it was illegal, so proud of her.

#22 Kim Novak

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I love her hair and her dress, they match so well!

#23 Lucille Ball

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I love Lucy! I Love Lucy it’s like my favorite show ever!

#24 Marilyn Monroe

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She was also a very smart lady as well! I think a lot of people took her to be the ditzy blond she so often played on film.

#25 Marlene Dietrich

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Both versions are nice, but it feels like the actual mood shifts in the transition I love it.

#26 Marlon Brando

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Nice to see the real Brando. Everyone seems to only remember fat Brando.

#27 Rita Hayworth

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Somehow an awkward and uncomfortable posture…

#28 Shirley Maclaine

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If you’ve never seen her movie The Apartment, do yourself a favor, she’s fantastic in it! Such a fun movie.

#29 Shirley Temple

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She looks adorable!

#30 Sophia Loren

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Her hairstyle is gorgeous, and I’m in love with the color.

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