Photo restoration wizard James Berridge made this fascinating 15.5-minute video showing how he used Photoshop to restore and colorize a horribly damaged photo captured 116 years ago in 1903.
“[…] I usually don’t work with photos which require this level of restoration,” Berridge writes. “I found this horribly damaged, but very sweet, picture while trawling the Library of Congress Website. I decided, possibly foolishly, to try and restore it.
“Not much is known about this picture itself but it’s from the Library of Congress collection, dated between 1901-1903 and was in the name of ‘L M, Manning’.”
Due to the condition of the photo, this project took Berridge a whopping 20 hours of work over the span of a month to complete. You can see the result in this Instagram gallery:
If you’d like to try your own hand at this restoration and colorization (and have a bunch of free time to do so), you can find the original source file on the Library of Congress website.