The book is a collaboration between a gifted Brazilian artist and a leading British historian.
Marina Amaral has created 200 stunning images, using contemporary photographs as the basis for her full-colour digital renditions and bringing each of them to life in a style uniquely her own. Dan Jones has written a narrative that anchors each image in its context, and weaves them into a vivid account of the world that made the world 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.
[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.
Purists argue that colourising black and white photographs is sacrilege, but the world has always been in colour ... Truth be told, monochrome is a contrivance. Human experience is always colourful.
The Times, Books of the Year.
A clever, deftly executed book ... Marina Amaral has chosen 200 black-and-white photographs, taken between 1850 and 1960, and skilfully colourised them, which gives them new life, new relevance and new power ... Dan Jones gives a nicely thoughtful commentary to it all.
Daily Mail, Coffee Table Books of the Year.