My Colorful Past, an ambitious photo colorization project that has been recognized by National Geographic and is being featured in American schools. I am Matt Loughrey, its creator, and I've fielded restoration and colorization assignments as diverse as the Thomas Edison reels of William F. Cody (aka Buffalo Bill) to restoring the 1509 'death mask' of King Henry VII. The results have been fast recognized as an option for museums and libraries to upgrade and reimagine their own visitor experiences.

With ever enhancing display formats we find ourselves in an age of 'image obsolescence', My Colorful Past is a form of visual defense against this.

Collections are being rescued, detail and character that could never be seen in the original images is being uncovered, bringing with it a new understanding and affinity with our personal history.

Current and previous clients include: DELL . 21st Century Fox . National Parks Service . BBC . ABC Australia . The New York Post . The Guardian . The Times . National Geographic and more.

In addition, My Colorful Past now specializes in a stunning new technique: X-Oculi.

A unique & pioneering method of transforming still images into living, breathing video.

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Contact My Colorful Past today to find out what I can do for you!



“The current generation and future generations want to educate themselves about and relate to what has gone before, and My Colorful Past can help them to achieve that. Matt is acting like a time traveller, defending against image obsolescence and bringing those forgotten snapshots of the past into the present, for the future. As an amateur colorist and genealogist, I recognise the value and skill in Matt’s work: there are few who can compare.”

- Professor John Breslin, educator, engineer and entrepreneur

“Viewing the high-quality creations of My Colorful Past is an exhilarating, memorable, and sometimes unnerving experience. If you look at those time-distant subjects long enough, you can be forgiven for believing you saw them blink back at you.”


- CEO of an emerging social media company

I want to give a big thank you to Matt Loughrey from My Colorful Past, who helped me so much with several photo enhancements. He is fast, professional and very good at his work.  I will always turn to him for any future needs.

- Ken Widner (nephew of Clarence & John Anglin

"Bringing the past to life like never before, Matt Loughrey's restorations and colorizations of historical photos remain spellbinding time after time. The clarity and vividity of his work goes hand in hand with its spirit and attitude in a way that restores the flesh and blood to the subjects in his work, no matter how long ago they perished. Loughrey's images are truly a window into the past."

- John Kuroski, Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting