honest abe in color and song

lincoln in color 2

When Time magazine ran a cover story on Abraham Lincoln a couple years ago, it asked then-22-year-old Swedish photographer and artist Sanna Dullaway to colorize this famous image of our 16th president.

The makeover is eerily modern.

This was Lincoln’s last formal portrait, taken on February 5, 1865, just ten weeks before he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. The original was taken by Civil War photographer Alex Gardner and is held by the Library of Congress.

Here, too, is a song that was part of Lincoln’s 1860 campaign. The color and the song help make history seem a little more relevant to our contemporary senses.


Groove of the Day

Listen to Ronnie Gilbert performing “Lincoln and Liberty”


3 Responses to “honest abe in color and song”

  1. 1 matt
    September 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Awesome restoration work . . . but as for the song . . . .

    • September 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Give me a break. The song is 154 years old! Contemporary campaign songs stink too. The point is, nothing changes but the fashion of the day. Anyway, I woke up this morning with the Lincoln campaign song running through my head… so it does have an “earworm” quality to it.

      • 3 matt
        September 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm

        True about the earworm; in fact, I too have been thinking of modern equivalents but none were fit to share on a public blog!

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