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Experience the Past in Colour


Newcastle residents are being given the chance to bring their old photographs back to life

Printing specialists CEWE have launched a competition for Newcastle residents to have their old photographs brought back to life by celebrated photo restoration artist James Paterson. The competition will see 10 images being transformed into coloured photos, complete with full restoration, with the hope that it will shed light on a life formerly only known in black and white. 

The campaign is designed to bring memories back to life using modern technology to both restore and colourise images from across the UK, letting us see more of a time before colour photography and film became widespread in the 1970s.

Artist James Paterson has already transformed hundreds of old images. ‘Often it can be hard to truly understand the narrative of old photos,’ he explains. ‘Over time the quality of the print deteriorates and the monochrome tones can make the subject – be it architecture or old family members – seem so distant. That’s the real beauty of photo restoration – it provides us with a fresh glimpse into a time gone by.

‘By colourising and restoring old images, we’re able to remove the barriers of time and breathe new life into these stories. That’s what I’m working with CEWE to achieve, this competition is about bringing moments to life for its winners – I really can’t think of a more precious gift!’

CEWE is calling on Newcastle residents with black and white photos to post their images to Instagram using the hashtag #ColourMyPhoto to be in with the chance of having their photo restored and showcased in full colour. 

The deadline for entry is 24th April 2019 and the winners will be announced on 26th April 2019.

Check out the image gallery below to see some examples of James’ previous work.


Published in: April 2019

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