The colourisation of monochrome images is usually a meticulous process that requires specialised training and expensive software; however, the latest technological advances allow people to bring history to life within a few seconds and see the world with the eyes of our great-grandparents or great-great-grandparents.
The idea of adding colour to a monochrome image dates back to the beginning of photography. Early black and white photographs and postcards were coloured by hand with varying results as the colours and shades chosen were not always true to life, 24 wrote. In the 1880s, a Swiss chemist Hans Jakob Schmid invented the photochrom process that allowed for the production of vivid colour photographs approximately 50 years before colour photography was generally available.
In the second half of the 20th century, these techniques were replaced by different computerised methods and automated colourisation technologies.
The photos of Budapest Colourised illustrate the magical process of bringing monochrome photographs to life with the help of artificial intelligence.
The Hungarian blogger transforms photos from the copyright-free and community-based photo archive Fortepan and posts the unique images on Instagram. We have gathered some of the best photos:
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