Friday, December 7, 2012

October 1942, B-25 bomber

This is an original Kodachrom photo!!!
October 1942. Kansas City, Kansas. "B-25 bomber plane at North American Aviation being hauled along an outdoor assembly line." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ghetto Warsaw (1940-1943)

Back to colorizing photos. this one from a very low-rez poor quality photo of Ghetto Warsaw
 (no year on this photo).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Main tower, Luna Park, Coney Island 1905

This coloring job was quite a struggle. I am still only half satisfied with the sky.
It is evening time (I could tell by the ling light-bulb's shadows on the tower and the angle of the shadows)
I might go back and color in some more evening colors into this shot.
Note the water slide in the far background that became visible after the coloring process

My version vs the original .

Another view of the tower.
This one probably a few years later. The tower has water fountains coming out of it 
and an arch that wasn't there before

A closer look at the construction hovering above the pool.

The opposite view to the first photo.
It is now clear what the flower garden with the train in the bottom left corner of the first shot is.
It's a high rotating carousel that goes up this metal pole and then lands back on a circular track...Cool!

Family photos

My father and his brother circa 1951

My grandparents father and uncle circa 1960
My grandparents father and uncle circa 1963

Monday, April 30, 2012


The autochrome process is the first successful method for producing color photographs.

In 1907 Auguste and Louis Lumiere patented the first commercially successful color process, which they called Autochrome Lumiere. It involved glass plates, a backlight, snoot and, mysteriously, potato starch.

John B. Trevor, Emily Winthrop, 1910

John B. Trevor, Mrs. Lucius K. Wilmerding, ca. 1916

J. B Trevor, Mrs. John B. Trevor, ca. 1914

Today autochromes are more fragile and few in number, almost impossible to exhibit, and largely forgotten in the history of photography.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1864 Army of the Potomac winter headquarters

For me a good recolored photo will show shades of different greens in
a thickly wooded frame. This is what I was shooting for here.

February 1864. Brandy Station, Virginia. Secret Service officers.
Seated from right to left:
Col. George H. Sharpe, John G. Babcock, unidentified and Lt. Col. John McEntee.
8x10 glass-plate negative from a collection compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge

John C. aka John G. Babcock
photos taken on 1862: 
"John C. Babcock, a Secret Service man and Gimlet, a celebrated war horse of the Rappahannock."

Monday, April 2, 2012

1948 on the way to Jerusalem

 The Israeli "Burma Road" was a makeshift bypass road between the general vicinity of kibbutz Hulda and Jerusalem. 
It was used to transfer food and supplies to Jerusalem during the 1948 blockade.
1948 convoy to jerusalem.

After a small color fix this looks more like Israeli colors :-)

This next photo is the exact same ambulance truck as sean in the colorized photo. 
It is being towed by a tractor up a hill.
Note the same small cracks to the left of the David star, as they appear also in the first colorized photo.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

September 2, 1905. St. Clair, Michigan. "Launch of steamer Frank J. Hecker.

My coloring was purposely very minimal on this photo since the composition + dramatic situation  make this photo so great.

This steamer was scrapped September 21, 1961, Genoa, Italy. 

Here is another view of the boat.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Raanana Israel early 1950's

Ahuza Street in Raanana Israel.

The hard part was to get the old photo workable

since it was completely bleached.

My colorized photo on the cover of a special issue "Kol Raanan"" celebrating 90 years of the city of Raanana.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Coney Island Dreamland 1905

Opened in 1905.
Size of five city blocks.
Had a live animal show as well as first incubators with babies.
If you look to the right side of the photo you will see the:
"Fighting flames" attraction.
There is some smoke visible at the bottom of the "Steeplechase tower" 
coming out from the show that's in there.
Here is a photo of the show

A different look at the location where the photo was taken.

Dreamland burned down to the ground due to an electrical short on

May 26 1911

The animals were rescued and some ran away to the streets of Brooklyn.

No one was killed in the fire as it happened in the night time during off hours.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Colorized Foggy Day, 1943. Fulton-Fish-Market, New York City

This is a 1943 cold day in New York's Fulton fish market.

I used this 1941 color photo as my reference for coloring the market.