Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2018. Combining Marina Amaral’s revolutionary colourization work with Dan Jones’ lucid historical timeline this is a transformative perception of history.
The view behind us is partial and faded. We see history, to repurpose St Paul’s phrase to the Corinthians, through a glass, darkly. This book is an attempt to restore brilliance to a desaturated world.
A ground-breaking fusion of art and history, The Colour of Time is the first book to introduce the work of celebrated Brazilian artist Marina Amaral, who painstakingly alters historical black and white photographs in life-like colour, using contemporary photographs as the basis for her full-colour digital renditions. Accompanied by commentary from historian Dan Jones, the book presents over a hundred years of history through 200 astonishing full-colour images, bringing lost worlds to life like never before.
The Colour of Time spans more than a hundred years of world history from the reign of Queen Victoria and the US Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and beginning of the Space Age. It charts the rise and fall of empires, the achievements of science, industry and the arts, the tragedies of war and the politics of peace, and the lives of men and women who made history.
Dan Jones has written a narrative that anchors each image in its context, and weaves them into a vivid account of the world that we live in today. A fusion of amazing pictures and well-chosen words, The Colour of Time offers a unique - and often beautiful - perspective on the past, transforming over a century of monochrome photographic reportage into something astonishingly contemporary. Chosen as one of Waterstones’ Best Books to Look Out for in September this is a book that seized our attention from the outset, and thoroughly deserves the widest audience.
"It is no overstatement to say that Marina Amaral has helped a whole generation view the past through a new lens with her beautiful and haunting colorization of old black and white photos. The inspired pairing of her creative genius with Dan Jones’s massive erudition has produced a book that will be enjoyed for long time to come." – Clement Knox, Waterstones History and Politics Buyer
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 448
Dimensions: 246 x 189 mm
'The most breathtakingly colourised black-and-white pictures ever' - The Daily Mail.
'I have long considered colourisation sacrilege ... after reading this book, I've changed my mind' - The Times.
'[The Colour of Time] does something simple yet extraordinary. It takes black-and-white photos of historic events and colours them in. The effect is transformative' - The Daily Telegraph.
'A stunning book ... Quite extraordinary' - The Bookseller.
'There is something of The Wizard of Oz about Marina Amaral's photographs. She whisks us from black-and-white Kansas to shimmering Technicolor Oz ... When you see Amaral's coloured portraits, you think: phwoar! ... She changes the way we see a period or a person' - Spectator.
'The effect of colour is far more transformative than you might imagine ... [Amaral's] touched-up photographs look even more realistic, and closer to life, than a photograph taken yesterday ... Extraordinary' - The Mail on Sunday.
'Pictures brought to life as you've never seen them before' - The Sunday Post.
'[Amaral] breathes new life, immediacy and human connection into black-and-white pictures. Even familiar shots are transformed in a breathtaking way ... Even the casual reader leafing through these pages will be stopped in their tracks, connected to people from the past like never before - at last, in living colour' - Irish News.
'Jones sketches with wry economy not only the historical context but the purpose of the photograph, from documented reality to shameless propaganda, from official portrait to candid snap ... There is much to enjoy here. As a history book, it acts as a fleeting guide to a tumultuous century. But as an aesthetic experiment it is remarkably successful' - The Daily Express.
'Dan Jones and Marina Amaral offer us a fresh glimpse of the past - by colourising some of history's most influential black and white photos' - History Revealed.
'What also elevates The Colour of Time above regular coffee table fare is the startling vivacity and impact of the photographs chosen, and the concise but focused and gripping texts by Jones, making the book a worthwhile cover-to-cover read as much as it serves as a showcase book to dip into at will' - All About History.
'Spanning more than 100 years of world history, from Queen Victoria to the Cuban missile crisis, this book offers a fresh perspective on the past by transforming the black and white photographs that defined global events into full colour' - BBC History.
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