Past becomes Present in Colorized Photographs

The Art of Colorist Olga Shirnina –

Edwardian girls in color

There are many apps these days which claim to colorize, with a click of a button, your old black & white photographs,
but these compare poorly to the work of a real artist. I’ve seen many good colorists over the years, but none compare to the artistry of Russian woman Olga Shirnina, who has perfected it. Working under the name Klimbim, her work has gone viral over the past few years when she began breathing new life into Russian history, from the Romanov family archive to the Red Army. My personal favorites are her colorized portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Che Guevera.

Glamourdaze chooses, of course to highlight her colorizing work on historical photos of women from the Edwardian era, the early Hollywood era and some iconic women from the 1940s and 1950s. While we adore monochrome photographs, and feel they deserve their own place in photographic art, Olga’s work has added real humanity to those old faded images from the past.

Edwardian Women in Color

1910-Washington-DC-group-of-ladies

1910-Washington-DC-group-of-ladies

Edwardian-Fashion-in-color

Edwardian Fashion in color

Edwardian girls in color

Edwardian lady in color - Lily Elsie

Edwardian lady in color – Lily Elsie

1920s Women in Color

1920s women in color

1920s women in color

Gloria Swanson and Josephine Baker

Louise Brooks and Clara Bow in Color

Louise Brooks and Clara Bow in Color

Adrienne-Ames and Tallulah Bankhead

Adrienne Ames and Tallulah Bankhead

1930s Hollywood Era in Color

1930s Hollywood women in color

1930s Hollywood women in color – Myrna Loy

1930s Hollywood women in color - Fay Wray

1930s Hollywood women in color – Fay Wray

1930s Hollywood women in color - Greta Garbo

1930s Hollywood women in color – Greta Garbo

1930s Hollywood women in color - Marlene Dietrich

1930s Hollywood women in color – Marlene Dietrich

1940s Women Monochrome to Color

Ava Gardner - Color 1940s swimwear portraits

Ava Gardner – Color 1940s swimwear portraits

Clark Gable and Joan Crawford - Strange Cargo 1940

Clark Gable and Joan Crawford – Strange Cargo 1940

The most stand out photos for me are those of Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, a beautiful princess who became Queen of Iran and wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlav. She passed away in 2013 and is buried in Cairo.

Fawzia-Fuad-of-Egypt

Fawzia Fuad of Egypt – Color Portraits

Rita Hayworth in Gilda - Color

Rita Hayworth in Gilda – Color

You can view all her work on Flickr.

That’s all !
©Glamourdaze 2018