Photo credit: Sola

Filipino illustrator brings new life to old photos of historical people through ‘digital colorization’

May 27th, 2020

We take photos to relive some moments that remind us of special stories, people, and places. Before the invention of photo-sharing platforms online, photographs were printed and kept in albums to preserve them over time.

But with the advent of technology, bringing back old and colorless photos to life has become so much easier—thanks to digital photo colorization. This process requires a lot of practice and skill, but still, many artists have created impressive work of art out of it.

One of these artists is the Filipino illustrator named Bryan Sola who recently posted on Facebook a “colorized artwork” of Jose Rizal.

According to Sola, it’s not easy to make the portrait look more realistic. In the caption, he wrote:

“Hirap nito ah! Still far from looking real, pero hanggang dito lang kaya ko for now 😅 #Rizal #Colorized” (This is hard [to create]. Still far from looking real, but this is the best I can do for now).”

Hirap nito ah! Still far from looking real, pero hanggang dito lang kaya ko for now 😅 #Rizal #Colorized

Posted by Bryan Sola on Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Aside from the colorized Rizal portrait, he also created a colored version of one of the first-ever #groufies in history including Mariano Ponce, Marcelo H. Del Pilar, and Jose Rizal.

Online users praised Sola’s work and garnered more than 6,000 shares, 7,000 likes, and 200 comments.

Braintrain** Just testing how far I could push the realism in terms of coloring a black and white photo. I just focused mainly on the heads hehe

Posted by Bryan Sola on Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Apparently, there is a Facebook page named Kulay Colorization dedicated to transforming “black and white photos to vivid colors”.

Some of the photos they have colorized are Juan Luna’s studio in Paris, President Manuel Luis Quezón y Molina, The Nine Sovereigns, and many more.

You can check out their page for more artwork and photo restoration services.

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