Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Operation Photo Rescue

It's pretty great to see people of all walks of life using their unique talents to assist those who have lost so much. This is about a group of photographers and photo editors who are volunteering to work at restoring people's photos, which in talking to my co-workers who lost everything, are the things that they are saddest about...

Two staffers from The Free Lance-Star in Virginia spent nearly a week in Mississippi restoring residents' photos that were damaged during Hurricane Katrina - at no charge.

Photographer Rebecca Sell and Dave Ellis, the newspaper's photo assignment editor, set up a drop-off point at the temporary library in Pass Christian, Miss., and cleaned up pictures that could be saved, made digital copies and hand-restored photos back to their grateful owners.

Full story here


I'm Dave Ellis, one of the founders of Operation Photo Rescue. I thought you might like to know that we have volunteer photographer Greg Wolf of NC, returning to Pass Christian this week.

Greg will be making digital copies of any damaged image that can be saved through our restoration network. Once he downloads the digital version of the damaged originals, he'll send them to us for distribution to the restoration volunteers. The specific dates are Tuesday 3/7 - Saturday 3/11. He'll be working out of thePass Christian Library.

I thought you might like to know this so you can pass the word on your blog. We want to help as many people possible to recover their memories.

We have future plans to hit other areas of the Gulfcoast region and I'll keep you posted about those as well
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