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Hand colouring black and white technique :

 

Hand colouring technique dates back to the early 19th century, where artists started to paint over a black and white photograph in order to bring photos to life. Before colour photography became widely available or affordable, studio photographers hired artists to apply transparent thinned oil paints or water based aniline dyes to black and white portrait photographs. The now coloured photographs could either bring one back to how the situation was captured in reality or altered to the amusement of the artist’s imagination.