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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Failed Bank (Colorized): 1936

Failed Bank (Colorized): 1936

May 1936. "Bank that failed. Kansas." Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. I decided to colorize this photo. I think in color it looks better. View full size.

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Thank you very much Girl Patriot for good words about my work. I'd like to appear and walk there too, but time and space make it impossible. P.S. If you can use Photoshop, you can learn to colorize old photos, there are many tutorials how to do it, in internet.

Looks great

I like the strong coloring and contrasts. I think you did well with this one. I feel like I could just stroll right by and peek in the windows, hoping to spot a shiny gold coin forgotten in an overlooked nook somewhere.

If I were able to colorize old photos I think I'd tend more to the stronger, more realistic colors like these. You can really tell a difference when colorizing is done but the accents and shadows in the original photo get drowned instead of enhanced.

 
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