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The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850-1960 Hardcover – 9 Aug 2018
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'A splash of colour is all it took to bring these historic black and white photos back to vivid, breathtaking life ... Astonishing' Sun.
'The most breathtakingly colourised black-and-white pictures ever' Daily Mail.
'I have long considered colourisation sacrilege ... after reading this book, I've changed my mind' The Times.
'[The Colour of Time] does something simple yet extraordinary. It takes black-and-white photos of historic events and colours them in. The effect is transformative' Daily Telegraph.
'A stunning book ... Quite extraordinary' Bookseller.
'There is something of The Wizard of Oz about Marina Amaral's photographs. She whisks us from black-and-white Kansas to shimmering Technicolor Oz ... When you see Amaral's coloured portraits, you think: phwoar! ... She changes the way we see a period or a person' Spectator.
'The effect of colour is far more transformative than you might imagine ... [Amaral's] touched-up photographs look even more realistic, and closer to life, than a photograph taken yesterday ... Extraordinary' Mail on Sunday.
'Pictures brought to life as you've never seen them before' Sunday Post.
'[Amaral] breathes new life, immediacy and human connection into black-and-white pictures. Even familiar shots are transformed in a breathtaking way ... Even the casual reader leafing through these pages will be stopped in their tracks, connected to people from the past like never before – at last, in living colour' Irish News.
'Jones sketches with wry economy not only the historical context but the purpose of the photograph, from documented reality to shameless propaganda, from official portrait to candid snap ... There is much to enjoy here. As a history book, it acts as a fleeting guide to a tumultuous century. But as an aesthetic experiment it is remarkably successful' Daily Express.
A brilliant artist, working with a bestselling historian, uses digital techniques to bring vividly to life 200 photographs of the defining events and personalities of the modern world.See all Product description
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What I like about it is that it shows history that feels familiar but it doesn't do it in a way that is obvious. Many of the images were new to me. The colouring is subtly done and very naturalistic giving you that 'I imagine myself there' feeling.
What I like slightly less, is that it is a history book. Yes, that is entirely personal. I'm more interested in social history and if there was a sequel that'd deal with broader human condition, I'd buy it in an instant.
As to the argument, somewhat weird, that the colour spoils the images, or somehow is representative of the cultural dumbing down, having read the book, I feel neither robbed of the black and white charm, nor feel myself any stupider for wanting to see what these images could look like in colour.
If you prefer black and white, why purchase this book?
To my mind, this book is less about aesthetics (although there's plenty enough of that and as I said the book is beautifully executed) and more about fly-on-the-wall time travel experience.
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