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The year is 1865. February 5th. Abraham Lincoln poses for Alexander Gardner, in what would turn out to be his last portrait session with the photographer. I’ve created a number of colorized versions of this famous photograph over the years. In this one, from 2012, the heavy shadowing around the eyes that give Lincoln a raccoon-like appearance – have been toned down. These shadows have more to do with 1860s camera technology and lighting – than to Lincoln’s actual appearance.
Because of this, Lincoln has a slightly different look than you’re probably used to seeing. Here, you actually get to see his eyebrows defined, and facial creases that don’t look like they were drawn with a magic marker. Color details were even tended to in the veins of Lincoln’s hands. There’s a 3-D quality to the portrait that connects us with Abe on a personal level.
At American Photo Colorizing, our goal is to shred the black & white veil that separates us from the lives of those who came before us. It’s time to “Go Color” with your vintage and antique family photos. Your ancestors are counting on you!
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CAN’T GET ENOUGH “ABE” – HERE’S THE CLASSIC 1939 FILM,
“YOUNG MR. LINCOLN”, STARRING A YOUNG HENRY FONDA.