Dyatlov Pass in color

Photos from all known films and some printed from unknown negatives are shown for the first time in their chronological order, not by film. The CC contain date, place and who's in the photo. Colorization by Steve Halliday. The song is "Ваше благородие" by Isaac Schwartz and Bulat Okudzhava. Chorus: "Not lucky in death, I hope to find luck in love."

 

As a tribute to the Dyatlov group, many people colorize the period's black and white photos. Colorization of old photos has always been something that incites controversy. Some find it scandalous, especially since there is no science to compensate what detail is lost in the black and white film (and that's a fact) but followers of the case can contribute what they can to keep the memory of the hikers. While I was lost at researching colors from sources, the deepfake we published from the same artists that are colorizing most of the images I will show you had a tremendous success. They are using code to do this, and the result is the huge amount of photos that can be produced. I had moral and authenticity dilemmas regarding the colorization of the Dyatlov Pass incident photos to deal with, before deciding to give the project a green light. Green as the spring that just started and in the name of all the springs the Dyatlov group won't see, here are photos of them in color. The disclaimer Steve Halliday gave me is: "This has been done as a labour-of-love in tribute to 9 people who went off on an adventure together and never came home. The colour restorations depicted here are not claimed to be historically accurate."

As for the moral aspect of it, here is my justification: "The authors of the photos themselves, the dead members of the group, would have been thrilled to have had the opportunity to make photos in color. The fact that the photos are black and white is not by explicit choice but this is what they had back in their time. Most importantly, after rummaging through colorized photos for days when I got back to the black and white originals, I felt... diminished. As if life was drained from the photos. I would support anything that breathes life into the memory of the Dyatlov group."

Comment on social media: "The color really adds something. They were just ordinary people doing what they enjoyed. May they be forever remembered." I agree with it.

In the slideshow above photos from all films and some printed from unknown negatives are shown for the first time in their chronological order, not by film. The CC contain date, place and who's in the photo. Colorization is automatic using myheritage.com and submitted by Steve Halliday. The song is "Ваше благородие" by Isaac Schwartz and Bulat Okudzhava. Chorus: "With no luck in death, maybe I'll get lucky in love." Frames can be seen in films below. After the films from the trek are published photos colorized by various authors using old school technique which takes more time and effort.

 

Krivonischenko's camera films 1 and 6

Thibeaux-Brignolle's camera film 3

Slobodin's camera film 4

Unknown camera

Loose photos

Manually colorized photos

This first batch is a mashup of photos colorized by different people using manual technique as opposed to a coded algorithm. It certainly takes longer to do it. The first batch is from unknown authors. Then follow albums by name of the person who colorized them, sometimes just a forum nickname.

The colorized photos of the hikers that are from before the trek are published on a separate page Dyatlov group in color.

Colorized by Timur Gumanov

Colorized by Lollipop

Colorized by Mikko Kolkkanen

Colorized by Daniel M

 

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