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Handpainted Photographs :: Fine Art Pregnancy, Baby, Children, Family Portrait Photographer - Linda Kessler - New York

Handpainted Photographs

Over one hundred years ago, without the invention of color photography, hand-coloring or hand-tinting was used as a means to give color to the black and white photograph, known as the daguerreotype. Artists would typically apply paint to areas of the cheeks, eyes, lips and hair of the portrait in the photograph. Many family portraits of past generations in America and Europe demonstrate this process.

Within the last two decades, there has been a revival of this antique technique. It is popular to see hand-coloring or hand-tinting in modern-day greeting cards of children. Again, usually small areas of color are applied to areas of hats, flowers or facial features as a means of drawing attention to those specific areas.

The art of hand-painting is a more sophisticated technique, which requires the skill and expertise of a painter. Instead of hand-tinting or hand-coloring small areas of color, the entire black and white photograph is painted with oil paint. Linda Kessler uses her training in classical painting and applies many layers of transparent oil paint rendering the transformation of a photograph to a beautiful oil painting.

Linda Kessler welcomes commissions to paint your personal photographs, whether they are in black and white or color. Contact her for details at: lkessler@focuspocusphoto.com


Fine Art Pregnancy, Baby, Children, Family Portrait Photographer - Linda Kessler - New York Fine Art Pregnancy, Baby, Children, Family Portrait Photographer - Linda Kessler - New York