Gear: This Is What Photo-Realistic History Looks Like

This Is What Photo-Realistic History Looks Like

By Michael Banovsky
December 10, 2015

“History didn’t happen in grainy black and white…” the narrator says, “and it doesn’t deserve to be remembered that way by future generations.”

Giving history new life is a great goal to have, and by the looks of it, Unique & Limited has turned it into a beautiful business model. Think of it this way: if Hollywood can bring the past to life for an entire movie, it must be possible to bring a single photograph to life, given the right setting, actors, and props. 

What’s interesting is that Unique & Limited then apply digital techniques to further refine the scene before printing everything out on Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta archival paper for long-term display. 

This process has been applied to everything from photo-realistic shots of the greatest moments in Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows history, to more poster-like (but no less detailed) “Colors of Speed” collection. 

Framed or unframed, Unique & Limited prints look like a great way to appreciate and preserve an arguably more life-like understanding of historic events. I hear they do commissions, as well…

If you’d like to buy a print or see more of what Unique & Limited do, visit its website.

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2 years ago

But can be TellGameStop better for sure.

2 years ago

Life is good, MyCFAVisit for me as of now.

6 years ago

All readers of Calvin & Hobbes know that history DID happen in grainy black and white.

Cristian Isacu
Cristian Isacu(@bierbichl)
6 years ago

Impressive artwork – yes. But it’s artwork, located nowhere in time – you cannot recreate history. History happened, moments in the past, captured on media available in those days – and this belongs to the moment called “history” like the captured content. I also work with digital 3D-models and sometimes feel the passion to create a history-like scene, but it’s only the longing for the “real thing”. That said, you cannot (should not) use the argument, that history didn’t happen in grainy b&w to showcase an artificial “history” to future generations. This is manipulation and lack of respect for those who captured the real thing.

Akın Tekcan
Akın Tekcan(@akin-tekcan)
6 years ago