Before and after colorization: animated faces of Russian history

Olga Shirnina a self — taught artist and colorist. Online it’s nick Klimbim. Know it thanks to the incredible talent and hard work that make the long pieces on historical black and white photographs into living people. Olga often chooses the photos, which revives the history of Russia: from the portraits of the last Imperial family to the brave Soviet women snipers of the Second world war.

The artist can spend hours to decide which one to choose color for a particular photo. “When I paint a military uniform, I will looking for information or asking professionals. I am not free to choose colors. When I’m working on a dress, 1890-x of years, I look at what colors were fashionable at the time. If I have no limits, I play with color, searching for the best combination.”

“I’m interested in the history of Russia, full of dramatic and catastrophic events that affected the history of both the country and the world. Sometimes one picture can tell more than thousand words. I will be very happy if people learn about Russia something new, thanks to color-coding”.

Countess Elizaveta Aleksandrovna Sheremetev at a costume ball in 1903.

Soviet composer Sergei Prokofiev.

Pyotr Arkadyevich Stolypin, 1908.

Grand Duchess Olga, the firstborn of Nicholas II.

Vladimir Lenin and Nadezhda Krupskaya Lenin with his nephew Victor and daughter working Faith, Gorki, 1922.

Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov Tsarevich and Grand Duke, the fifth child and only son of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna.

Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Stalin’s second wife.

Vladimir and Elena Nabokovs — the parents of the writer Vladimir Nabokov.

Alexander Kerensky, the statesman and politician.

Khrushchev in Kazakhstan, 1964.

The composer Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka, 1856.

Ballerina Mathilde Felixovna Kschessinska.

Leo Tolstoy.

One of the greatest ballerina of XX century Anna Pavlova, 1905-1910 year.

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