This is a recent digital photo retouching of a black and white photo from the 1960s of a band playing a gig. The brief of this job was to restore some minor damage, and then colour the photo to approximately how the colours were at the time. I was briefed on the approximate colouring of the clothes worn by the band and their hair colour, the colouring of the drum to the left, and the general colouring of the surroundings and mood of lighting.

Especially important was the fact that the guitarist’s guitar had a sunburst finish, so it was important to get that to be as close as possible to how it would have looked.

Below are the before and after images. (Click on the image to have a closer look).

GCR-digital_photo_restoration_before

GCR-digital_photo_restoration_after