Photos of Tutankhamun’s tomb discovery are restored in color

Hyperaxion Jun 12, 2020

The restoration was done through the digital colorization process, in which different layers of color are produced to highlight the nuances of a photograph.

In 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter found the tomb of King Tutankhamun in Egypt and took photographer Harry Burton to capture the moment. These images, which impressed the whole world, were restored in color, further highlighting the grandeur of the discovery.

Photos of Tutankhamun's tomb discovery are restored in color
(Credit: Griffith Institute).

At the time, Burton was an art photographer and worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, United States. He captured every corner of the place and the various objects with focused lighting and a lot of sharpness. According to the museum, the artist produced and printed more than 14,000 negatives between 1914 and 1940, the year of his death, which earned him the nickname “The Pharaoh’s Photographer”.

The result of this work, available at the Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, was digitally colored by Dynamichrome for an exhibition held in 2015. This process uses digital tools to restore the original negatives and then places colors on different layers of the photo. According to the company’s official website, some images can have more than a thousand separate layers of colors to ensure that all details are accounted for.

Check out some of these photographs below:


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