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These 10 Iconic Black And White Photographs Rendered In Colour Refreshes History

Updated on 2 September, 2019 at 4:36 pm By

How would some of the most iconic Indian black and white photographs of people look in colour? We wondered, and decided to dab these 10 photographs in colours they would have been originally. The result? See for yourself.

1. Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru meets Nobel Laureate Albert Einstein in the US (1949)


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Black and White Photo

Colour Photo

 Original picture: @IndiaHistorypic

2. Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, the Princess of Iran, delivering a speech on AIR (1950)

Black and White Photo

B. 1950 Princess of Iran Broadcasting Her 'Man Ki Baat' at All India Radio Studio , Delhi

Source: Photo division (GOI)

3. Cine icons Raj Kapoor and Nargis at a Cola bottling plant (1950)

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B. 1950 Raj Kapoor and Nargis at Cola Bottling Plant

Original picture: @IndiaHistorypic

4. Che Guevara records an interview with AIR (1959)


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Black and White PhotoB. 1959 Che Guevara records an interview with All India Radio , Delhi

Source: Photo Division/Om Thanvi

5. Che gifts a box of Cuban cigars to Nehru (1959)

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B. 1959 Che Guevara Gifts Jawaharlal Nehru a Box of Cuban Cigars

Source: Photo Division/Om Thanvi

6. Singer Mohammed Rafi with boxer Mohammed Ali (1975)



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B. 1975 Singer Mohammad Rafi with Boxer Muhammad Ali , Chicago

7. An Indian Princess sitting on a panther she shot (circa 1920s)

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B. Daughter of Indian Maharaja seated on a Panther, she killed with shot.

8. The Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh

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B. Milkha Singh (Flying Sikh),a living Legend

Source: BCCL

9. Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi at Shantiniketan (circa 1940s)

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B. Rabindranath Tagore with Mahatma Gandhi

10. Subhas Chandra Bose as the new president on Indian National Congress

Black and White Photo


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B. Subhas Chandra Bose, as the new President Indian National Congress, wearing traditional formal clothing (via LIFE)

Source: LIFE Magazine

Like them? Do tell us in the comments. Also, do let us know of other iconic photos you would like to see in colour.

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