We used AI to enhance & colorize historical photos of Bali and the results are mindblowing

Two young Balinese dancers (1929). Photo courtesy of the Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures,  licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Two young Balinese dancers (1929). Photo courtesy of the Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures,  licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Cutting-edge artificial intelligence image programs are changing the future of art, but it’s also capable of giving us new insights into the past. We used the latest AI colorizer and upscaler to breathe new life into these awesome vintage photos of Bali and we were blown away by the results. Admittedly not all of the colors are true to life (AI still has its limits) but it definitely helps make the islands’ past come alive. If you want to do the same with your old photos, we’ve included that info at the bottom of the article.

(All photos courtesy of the Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures,  licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)

A young Balinese girl in traditional costume (circa 1910 – 1914)


Beach scene during the celebration of Nyepi, the Balinese New Year (1949)


Balinese dance mask artist


Balinese women cutting rice


Two young Balinese dancers (1929)


Three Balinese Speardancers


Monkey mask dancers getting ready to perform


Balinese priest at a ceremony (between 1910 and 1930)


Young Balinese dancer in front of a gong stand


Interested in using AI to enhance and colorize old photos just like this?

To colorize black and white photos:

  • Palette.fm is a brand that uses advanced AI to colorize photos (and it’s totally free!)
  • Deeplearning AI is another AI colorizing model (it’s also free, though we found Palette to be much better)

To upscale the resolution of old images and enhance their details, especially faces, you can use GFP-GAN:

  • Baseten offers a free GFP-GAN service although it only works for square images
  • Replicate also allows you to run GFP-GAN on any image (free for limited use with a registered account)

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