Discovering Chaplin

I usually dislike colorized photos of Charlie because most of them are horribly done and fake-looking. Plus I don’t want to get on my soapbox about how I think it’s a travesty to colorize photos by people like Steichen who were masters of b&w photography. That being said, I recently came across the photo below and was immediately struck by how well-done and realistic it was. I think whoever did this did a terrific job, although I’m a little puzzled by the bloodshot eyes.


See the original b&w version here


  1. I agree that this is one of the better colorizations (instead of the orange faced ones!). But since he is in costume wouldn't he have the white makeup on?

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