Art students at the University of Saint Mary recently completed digital colorizations of historical university photos.

Students pored over black and white photographs in the archive collection at the DePaul Library on campus, chose ones that interested them and began the colorization process.

The process was not just a matter of photoshopping and adding color, according to art professor Shelby Prindaville.

Students did research about the photos, learning the history of the photos such as when the photos were taken. Students then carefully chose colors in keeping with the historical context of the photo.

“It’s like a history of the school and the town brought to color,” Prindaville said.

Tony Arellano, one of the graphic art students involved in the project, chose a black and white photo, likely from the mid-1930s, showing men standing around a Campbell Bros. Tire Company vehicle.

“This was my first assignment that focused on coloring a black and white image,” Arellano said. “It’s interesting to see the photo in color.”

The original black and white photos, along with the colorized versions, will be on side-by-side display at DePaul Library until Sept. 27. The library is open to the public. The library hours are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday.

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