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The Colour of Time: VJ Day in Times Square

Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captures one of the most iconic pictures in American history on August 14, 1945 in Times Square, when he spotted a sailor kissing a nurse on the day Japan surrendered in the Second World War.(Head of Zeus Books)

History in colour: Fascinating book casts world leaders, landmarks and empires in new light

Chris Parsons
News Editor

For most of us, they’re historical moments which only exist in black and white.

World Wars, the Titanic, infamous leaders and icons we’re used to seeing in monochrome.

However, ‘The Colour of Time: A New History of the World 1850-1960’ has colourised these world-changing events, offering a new perspective and casting them in a completely different light.

The book, a collaboration between Brazilian artist Marina Amaral and British historian Dan Jones, ‘charts the rise and fall of empires, the achievements of science, industry and the arts, the tragedies of war and the politics of peace’.

Here are 15 stunning colourised renditions from the book, which was released in August.