My Colorful Past – photo colorization project aims to bring history to life

My Colorful Past – photo colorization project aims to bring history to life
(Image credit: Richard Avedon / My Colorful Past)

My Colorful Past, an ambitious photo colorization project that has been recognized by National Geographic and is being featured in American schools, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its historical restoration work.

The man behind the operation, Matthew Loughrey from County Mayo in Ireland, has fielded colorization assignments as diverse as the Thomas Edison reels of William F Cody (aka Buffalo Bill) to deciphering the original colors of the Margate seafront.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.