Laura Freeman Laura Freeman

Colouring in the past

‘What I am trying to do is to build a bridge between the past and the present’: interview with photographic colourist Marina Amaral

There is something of The Wizard of Oz about Marina Amaral’s photographs. She whisks us from black-and-white Kansas to shimmering Technicolor Oz. When Howard Carter leans over Tutankhamun’s open sarcophagus (1922), he does so in the glare of pharaonic gold. A photograph of fallen American soldiers on the Gettysburg battlefield (1863) shocks the more when we see the colour of the blood soaking through shirts.

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