Hand-Colored Tinted Photographs
Before color photography was widely available, the art of taking translucent oils and applying them to a B&W photograph was used to make them appear as if they were actual color photographs. This technique was primarily used on studio portraits however, over time variations of this technique was also used on landscapes and coloring only portions of a B&W photo.
Margaret A. Rogers first started colorizing B&W images in the early 1950s. Over the years she has developed quite the eye for color, perfecting her technique and building this library of images. Her work has appeared in magazines, books and hangs in multiple museum galleries. MyVintagePhotos offers reprints of her work in various sizes.
Margaret A. Rogers
Margaret A. Rogers was born Margaret Ann Young, June 12th 1929, “during the great depression” in Adrian, Michigan. Her Mother was from Michigan and her father from Tennessee. Both were farm people, going back and forth between the two states seeking a way to make a living during this difficult time in American history.
In her late teens in 1948 she was hospitalized at the Michigan State Sanatorium with Tuberculosis and confined to bed rest. Drawing was her way of making time pass. The rehabilitation director at the time, noticed her talent and offered her an extension course in art from The University of Nebraska. She later became interested in photography and was studied “Coloring Portraits in Oil, from the National Photo Coloring School.
After four and a half years in bed she was finally discharged from the hospital in late 1952. She married a young man (Wesley Howard Rogers) who was also a Tuberculosis patient at the Michigan State Sanatorium and they settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The next ten years she gave birth to their four children, lived life as a 1950s homemaker.
In 1962 she found herself alone and with four small children to rear on her own. That is when her talent of coloring portraits in oil became a means to support for her little family. It was work she could do from home and allowed her to be there for her children full time.
She continued coloring portraits for several years and on into the new era of color photography which led to her becoming a “portrait photographer.” In 1993 she retired, but soon found retirement a bore and looked ways to fill her time. Drawing and coloring until deciding to go back to work. Margaret then retired for the second time in 2006 and picked up her paint brushes and camera once again.
Margaret’s colorized photographs have appeared in multiple publications and museums and reprints of her work are available through MyVintagePhotos.
The primary and majority of images offered here are of Margaret A. Rogers’ hand color tinted photographs. You will find images of movie stars, actors, military, famous people, places and many prominent figures in history. We also have a limited collection of B&W images and every cover of SPORT magazine ever published.
All photos are reprints made from high resolution digital images, photo processed at a professional photo lab using Fuji Photo Processing onto Fuji Photo Crystal Archive photo paper. These are not inkjet prints. They are of the highest quality and Fuji Photo guarantees the color not to fade for up to seventy years. Furthermore, MyVintagePhotos guarantees your satisfaction or your money back.
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