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Smoking Boy, 1938, Colorized

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Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


I originally did this piece way back in something like 2013 when I was just starting out, and another version of it appeared in my first book, The Paper Time Machine. In the years since the book was released, I've learned a great deal more about the process of colorization and so I've taken to slowly remastering my entire back catalogue. Vachon's evocative picture of this young boy smoking was originally a different proportion but decided to crop it square for a colorized print. I used genuine colour slides taken around the same period as a reference in the contrasts and colour adjustments for version 3 of this brilliant photograph. – Jordan J. Lloyd

Taken: July, 1938
Baltimore, United States
John Vachon
Remaster & Colorization: 
Jordan J. Lloyd
Original Format: 
Original negative nitrate
Commercial Use: 
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Smoking Boy by John Vachon, 1938

This photograph is also available as a ⇲ restored & remastered original print from our ⇲ ColorGraph Co. imprint.


Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts.


"Young boy in Baltimore slum area. Maryland."

Smoking Boy, 1938, Colorized
Smoking Boy, 1938, Colorized
Smoking Boy, 1938, Colorized
Smoking Boy, 1938, Colorized

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