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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."

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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.

"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.
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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.

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

Lord Mountbatten swearing in Jawaharlal Nehru as India's first Prime Minister

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A younger MK Gandhi with a friend in South Africa

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A younger Sonia Gandhi as a student in Italy

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Subhash Chandra Bose meeting Adolf Hilter during World War II

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Madhubala for Life Magazine

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Prince Charles having a chat with Indira Gandhi at a banquet

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Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

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A younger Mahatma Gandhi

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Jawaharlal Nehru and Lord Mountbatten declaring India's independence in the Constituent Assembly

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A photo from the Partition by Margaret Bourke White

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Rabindranath Tagore reading to Helen Keller

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A younger Indira Gandhi

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Satyajit Ray chilling with Japanese filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa

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

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You can see the entire series here.