Rare Photos So Chilling We Can't Look Away

February 14, 2024

A British sniper demonstrating his camouflage at a French sniper school, 1944. 

Thanks to modern technology, we can now get an even more accurate view of the past via colorized photographs. Prior to the 1970s, most photographs were shot using black and white film. While these images are important tools to help us understand the past, we can get even more details from photographs that have been digitally colorized. For the first time (well, the first time in a long time), we can see the rich and colorful world that our ancestors lived in. This collection of colorized photos shows us that world. 

Credit: @history_and_colorization

The U.S. military began to use camouflage techniques in the mid-1800s as a way to conceal the positions of snipers. By World War I, camouflage was an integral part of military strategy. In World War II, when this photo was taken, camouflage meant to use colors and patterns to prevent someone from being seen. In today’s high-tech world, it goes beyond the visual element. Now, soldiers in camouflage need to be invisible to heat, sound, scent, and magnetic detectors. 

This beautiful lady sitting outside a cafe in 1952 was actually a model posing for a famous fashion photographer. 

Photo: Georges Dambier. Credit: Jose Gades.

This colorized photograph of a stunning woman in Paris was shot by renowned photographer Georges Dambier. A top fashion photographer of the post-World War II era, Dambier took a different approach to his photos than most fashion photographers of his time. Rather than have the models stand facing him with stiff poses and emotionless faces, Dambier wanted his images to look more like high-quality snapshots. He wanted to show his models enjoying life. He shot them looking away from the camera, doing everyday activities, and looking like they were happy and full of life. This image is a classic example of that.