Matt Loughrey, an Irish photographer and digital artist has been doing good work colorising black-and-white photographs of criminals from 19th century, immigrants on Ellis island and heroes of the Irish rebellion and other famous and obscure historical figures. (You can see more of his work here.)
He recently got in touch to let me know he’d colorised some of the mug shots I’ve posted on Small Town Noir, and he sent a video showing the transitions from black-and-white to colour. I’ve taken screen captures of the individual photographs, which I’ve posted below.
I prefer the original photographs, but I admit that these versions look amazing. The skin tones, the scars and blemishes, the eyes — it’s fantastic work.
Alice Steel,“Dis Cond”, 24 Aug 1936
Larry Day, “Drunk”, 6 July 1948
Frank Soda, “Adultery, Bastardy”, 5 March 1946
Paul Bailey,“Dis Conduct”, 18 April 1948
And here’s the video Matt sent: