Color Photo, 1956

SUMMER 1956 – Edith Schweim with her daughters Inga (left) and Editha (middle) on the patio of a café in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the photo

This is one of very few color photos from the 1950s that I found in our family archive. It shows (from left to right): Inga (my mother), Editha (my aunt), and Edith (my grandmother.)

It was quite tricky to color correct this image. While it was technically in a good condition (only few scratches) the colors had begun to fade away. What’s more, my mother seemed to be sitting in the sunlight while her sister and her mother were protected by the yellow and red umbrella, further shifting the colors. Of course, I could have turned it into a b&w image but think this only the very last option to rescue the content.

I like the restored, color corrected image much more. It looks more realistic and more lively than the b&w image.

The original unedited scan from the 1956 color print shows heavily fading colors.
I considered turning the scan into a black & white image as the last way to rescue the content if the color correction would have failed.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1956
LocationSchleswig-Holstein, Germany
Image Source6 x 6 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2504 x 2504 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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