Skip to comments.The Civil War in COLOR for the first time: Painstakingly remastered images of a divided America
Posted on 11/13/2013 2:36:14 PM PST by Renfield
Two professional colorists have combined their skills with photographs and fascination with the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era.
British colorist Jordan Lloyd, 27, met fellow colorist Mads Madsen, 19, from Denmark when he started posting on Madsen's subreddit 'Colorized History'.
Initially it was Madsen who was colorizing images from the Civil War era, but Lloyd eventually got interested and now the two work together restoring the images, improving their technique by giving each other critiques.
Madsen has been interested in the Civil War since he was 12, and was especially fascinated by all the images that emerged from the conflict.
'I love the fact that you can see veins in the eyes of humans born over 200 years ago as clear as day,' Madsen told MailOnline.
With amazing attention to detail, the pictures that Lloyd and Madsen have rendered in color paint a picture of the era and its characters, heroes and villains.
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Brought to life: Lewis Powell (pictured) conspired with John Wilkes Booth to kill President Lincoln - Powell's job was to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, a job at which he failed.
He was, if I recall correctly, and actor, as was Booth. Powell looks like an actor, doesn't he? He looks like an actor from a modern soap opera.
I don’t know a lot about Powell. I do know he was from Florida and served with distinction during the war. He was said to love animals and cared for sick ones.
I think someone discovered his skull long after the war and it was buried in Florida beside his Mother.
We have a man in our office, who is a professional photographer and is very skilled with photo=retouch techniques.
He can take a photo of a property, with utility lines, and eliminate them. Even turn a gloomy grey day, into blue sunshine, etc.
I’ve watched him work, but only when working very fast for a project that only needs to be “okay.”
I would like to see him attempt something like this.
Powell was a Confederate soldier. I don’t believe he ever acted.
Some of those photos actually made me gasp out loud. At first they look like they are actors recreating some scene, and then you realize that those are the real people!
Powell’s skull was found in a drawer at the U.S. Army Medical Museum in Washington.
Wow, not at all like the colorized black and white movies that they did in the 80’s.
I believe the third picture down is Caleb Lyon Jr
Sam Clemens didn’t desert, rather, he succumbed to ‘fatigue due to persistent retreating.’
That pic of him looks to be during summer when Twain, at that age, preferred the cooler white suits. Wonder what the occasion was?
Powell is a prominent figure in “Killing Lincoln”.
These photos, when enhanced this way; bring the past back at a new level. I like the “Duck Dynasty” beards.
I frequently use much cruder enhancements on my photos. Like removing horse manure from parades, bluring out distractions, level the horizon, white balance etc. But thes guys start with nothing, 50 shades of grey; and bring it to life.
My Great Grandfather, Martin Abel McDuffie served in the 18th Alabama along with 3 brothers. Although they were technically from Florida, they joined in Elba, Alabama which was probably the closest place to do so.
They were all captured but exchanged. They participated in nearly every major battle of the war. I had a bunch of other ancestors serve in the First, Sixth and I think 8th Florida battalions.
Stunning, nothing short of Stunning.
Many more colorized photos from various sources are here:
These are beautiful photos.
These photos are amazing. The color brings the people and the era to life in a way B&W doesn’t.
I wonder if anyone has noticed the change in Lee from pictures taken early in the war or pre-war and ones taken late in the war or after it.
He appears to have aged 30 years in 4 years.
I’m taking the minority view here that while the intent is admirable, even respectful, I don’t see what is truly gained by this colorizing. This first one is not bad, showing a sole figure at the front door. An Officer of the Military. The next one, showing the young actor rumored to have conspired with Boothe, is less impressive, with the Zip-A-Tone flesh hue reminding me of Andy Warhol portrait pieces.
Did they enhance the wrong colors? Heh
I enjoy seeing the background and clothing colorization but somehow feel more connected to the b/w of the people.
Wow - Ted Turner would be so proud!
I have two ancestors who were both colonels in the Virginia Militia. One of them was with Lee when he surrendered at Appomatox, and rode home from the surrender on Lee’s horse.
That kid looks familiar. Hit by a cannonball. Well, I hope he never knew what hit him.
The “figure at the front door” is General Robert E. Lee.
Lewis Powell 11 weeks later, hanging out with Mary Surratt and a couple other friends, unseen, to his left.
Watch out for that guy that looks like Baldwin -— could go Postal any minute. ;~))
The one of Mark Twain looks like it was taken yesterday. Incredible.
Remover reading he didn’t look that good
when he smiled...really bad teeth.
I am trying to remember what I read some time back about Powell.
As I mentioned he had served honorably and was noted for bravery during the war. I think by the end, he had become insane. He tried to stab Seward who was in bed but missed in several tries.
Despite that he had a reputation for being a soft hearted person.
I know that after he was arrested, he tried to kill himself by beating his head against his cell wall. I think they had to take measures to keep him from killing himself.
Colorizing adds a depth and a reality that B & W fails to emote. Thanks.
Major General George Armstrong Custer
I know he served under John Singleton Mosby, who retired to California and took his morning constitutional on horseback in the foothills of the San Gabriels. One day he met a youngster, also mounted, and the two rode together many days afterward. One could say that a mantle had been passed from the older to the younger, a lad named George Smith Patton.
Seward was recuperating after being seriously injured in a carriage accident a week or so before. He was wearing a heavy metal brace which hindered Powell's stabbing attempts. Seward suffered deep slashes to his face. The scars are visible in later photos of him.
That is very interesting. I had never known that Seward was wearing a brace. That would explain what seems like an almost unbelievable incompetence on Powell’s part.