Here Are Some Historic Photos Brought To Life By Brilliant Colourisations

“These figures look so distant, in a different dimension altogether, in their black and white frames. I wondered what it’d be like to place them more close to reality.”

1. This is 24-year-old artist Dimple Negi. She has started a series in which she adds colour to iconic photos from Indian and world history.

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“When I learnt this colouring process, I immediately wondered how it would feel to fill the missing details with colours from our present. These figures look so distant, in a different dimension altogether, in their black and white frames. I wondered what it’d be like to place them more close to reality and the best way to go about it was colorizing them and I started in 2011,” Negi told BuzzFeed.

2. Here are some of the original black and white photos in contrast with what they’d look like in colour:

3. Lord Mountbatten swearing in Jawaharlal Nehru as India’s first Prime Minister

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4. A younger MK Gandhi with a friend in South Africa

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5. A younger Sonia Gandhi as a student in Italy

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6. Subhash Chandra Bose meeting Adolf Hilter during World War II

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7. Madhubala for Life Magazine

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8. Prince Charles having a chat with Indira Gandhi at a banquet

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9. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

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10. A younger Mahatma Gandhi

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11. Jawaharlal Nehru and Lord Mountbatten declaring India’s independence in the Constituent Assembly

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12. A photo from the Partition by Margaret Bourke White

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13. Rabindranath Tagore reading to Helen Keller

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14. A younger Indira Gandhi

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15. Satyajit Ray chilling with Japanese filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa

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16. Bhagat Singh secretly photographed during his time at the Lahore railway police station

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17. You can see the entire series here.

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