The Beatles at the Indra Club, Hamburg in 1960

Color photo of the Beatles in 1960 in Germany.
Colorized photograph of The Beatles at the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany taken in August 1960. Colorization by Sardjono Colourisation

Thanks to the fantastic work of Sardjono Colourisation, we have the fantastic opportunity to view an old black and white photograph of The Beatles in color.

The Beatles in this photograph are George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney. It was taken outside the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany, on the 19th August 1960. As a result, Ringo Starr, the famous drummer of the Beatles, does not feature in the picture; Ringo joined the band in 1962. The 3 Beatles featured look very young in this image as at the time George Harrison is 17, John Lennon is 19, and McCartney is 18.

Black and white photograph of The Beatles at the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany on the 19 August 1960.

This trip to Hamburg, Germany consisted of the original line-up of The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe. Unfortunately, Stuart died on this trip. Over a year into the Hamburg club tour, Sutcliffe left the group to continue to study art. On the 10th April 1962, he collapsed and later died in a hospital in Hamburg; it was revelaed that he had a brain haemorrhage. The Beatles never replaced Stuart.

color photograph of The Beatles performing at the Indra Club with Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe in this photograph
Color photo of The Beatles performing at the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany on the 17 August 1960. From left to right: John Lennon, George Harrison, Pete Best, Paul McCartney, Stuart Sutcliffe. Colorization by  Sardjono Colourisation

Timelapse of the Colorization

Check out this colorization of The Beatles in a timelapse video format. The video shows the process of colorizing. It is specifically showing off how Sardjono colorized the photograph featured in the article. The software used in the video is GIMP which is a free to use software similar to Photoshop. This shows that you are able to produce high quality colorized images using a software that is completely free!

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