Revival Series

Making old things new

Classic works

Colorized & Restored

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All prints are printed in the Etnicea Studio.


How its made

Restoration can take a lot of hours. But colorization often takes even more time. Mostly it is very meditative practice with a colorful and satisfying result; a greyscale image turned to full color. Etnicea focuses on old etches, engravings and monograms from the 1500’s till the early 1900’s, from as many cultures as possible. Every design has its own unique process; there is a base process, but there is not a fixed way to do it to get to the wanted result. It is a time consuming process. The results are fantastic, an ode to our collective history.

Old Photos

Most of us own at least a few old pictures. Could be from yourself, parents or grandparents or something you just hold dear. Something that is or became a part of your history. Now, most people ask one thing when it comes to colorizing old black and white photos: “How do you know what color the dress or jacket was?”


The answer is very simple. We say black and white photos, but they are actually more grey and white. Some parts are more grey and go into black. Were other parts are more white and fade into bright white. Now, imagine you are wearing a yellow jacket. You take a picture of yourself wearing the yellow jacket and then turn it into a black and white or greyscale image. The colors are not gone, they are just ‘hidden’. Looking at the picture you can tell immediately that the jacket was not dark red, or deep purple, black or deep blue. The jacket was yellow! So it would be a more lighter grey color now. This is the first step. Your eyes will help you sorting out what looks natural and correct. The darker the colors – the darker the grey or black in the photo. The lighter the color – the lighter the grey will be. Molecules bounce back the light, and thus tell their color absorption and reflection rate. From this point it becomes a search to find the right tint of yellow. And again. It is mostly your own eyes and mind that will say: “yes! That yellow looks most natural.”

This seems like an oversimplification of the process. But most of this simple patiently looking and running a color wheel over it, is at the base of colorization processes. Of course, it takes practice. But it is not as hard as most think. The hard part is patience.

Colorizing old photos makes the people in it more real and better relatable. Not only does it enhance the beauty and memories, but can also help to preserve them for future generations.