How Obsessive Artists Colorize Old Photos

Photo colorization artists use a combination of research, physics, and technology to digitally reconstruct history’s black and white record. Photo colorization isn’t just coloring within the lines — it requires meticulous research to make sure that every detail is historically accurate. The color of military uniforms, signs, vehicles, and world fashion spanning decades needs to be accounted for before even opening digital software like Photoshop. That means digging through sources like diaries, government records, old advertisements, and even consulting historical experts to get the colors right.