Restoring 19th century portraits using AI tools

Restoring 19th century portraits using AI tools

Looking at long-exposure photographs, and particularly sepia-tone portraits, from the nineteenth century, can feel like staring into a surreal and different world. Something is haunting about some of the images, drained of colour and sharp contrast. Fast forward a couple of hundred years and the latest AI image enhancement tools are now capable of quickly restoring a simulacrum of the original colours and digitally restoring these images, giving them a frighteningly lifelike quality. Marvel at the transformations of these portrait photographs after they were given a quick restoration, colourisation and some facial motion, using some of the latest tools in AI technology by Lorenzo Folli and Olga Shirnina of Mystery Scoop.

h/t @LaughingSquid

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