Colour Up
Colour Up done for Liffey Press for a book cover – Last night of the Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1962.

This is when a black and white or monotone image is ‘painted’ with colour like the above picture, usually in order to add realism to an image, or to give a modern impression to an old photograph.

Some photographs colour up easier than others, depending on the a number of factors such as ink density, shadow detail and tonal range.

It is a great way of bringing a snapshot of history to life, and with some research colours can be matched to reality before being painted on to the image, to give an accurate representation of how the scene really was when the photo was taken.