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Monday, January 4, 2016


It could be argued that the colorization of antique photos falsifies or diminishes original intent.

I feel that in some instances, however, it can dramatically revitalize photos and bring them to life with stark reality.

These photographic portraits from Imperial Russia were meticulously colorized by an artist known as Klimbim, who has graciously given permission for use.

 The Baroness Marie von Graevenitz

Princess Olga Paley
circa 1905

 Anton Chekhov

Evgeny Rudnev
first Russian military pilot

 Anna Pavlova

in The Pharaoh's Daughter, 1910
Vaslav Nijinsky

 Nijinsky 1913

Nijinsky and Tamara Karsavina
in Le Spectre de la Rose, 1912

Tamara Karsavina

Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky

St. John of Kronstadt
September, 1884

Two pupils from the Imperial Russian High School

Russian nurse, WWI

 V. Kudasheva
a Russian noble woman, circa 1910

Sergei Yesenin
Russian poet
was briefly married to American dancer Isadora Duncan. Yesenin killed himself at age 30 and left a suicide note written in his own blood.

Joseph Stalin
1902 age 24

Leon Trotsky

Karl Pospischil (1869-1933)
Russian wrestler, photo circa 1900

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  1. NICELY done! normally I don't like colorized things cause it looks so cheesy and phony; but this gentleman's work is EXCELLENT!

    1. I agree. I usually hate colorized photos, but these are an exception. I've been trying to find out who Klimbim really is. I discovered some hints that "he" might be a female artist.

  2. What SHE said. :) Normally, I'm drawn to b/w; but Klimbim's work is not offensive in the least.
    Now, Joseph Stalin? WOWzer!!!

    1. I despise colorization in movies, but it brings life to these photos and makes the people look modern and real.
      Stalin is indeed a shocker. In a good way.

  3. The color is an enhancement here. I'm accustomed to seeing less fortunate results of the process. But this is like seeing old b&w photos of my childhood friends and relatives and remembering them in color, a subtle effect --not as if they were attacked with enamel.

  4. You've aptly expressed it. It's like seeing old B&W photos from our past and remembering how they were in color.

  5. I've always been enamored with old B&W and sepia photographs, but Kimbim did an amazing job of colorizing these pictures. You're right; they're quite captivating. Most attempts at adding color to old photos is too over-done. These, as Goldilocks would say, are "just right."

    1. I generally prefer black & white photography, but every now and then a realistic colorization adds life to a bygone era.