On February 2-3, the MPS Digital Photography Department at SVA hosted Operation Photo Rescue, which brought together volunteers to digitally copy photos for anyone whose pictures were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The event was a huge success and gained wide media attention, receiving coverage by the Associated Press and landing in such publications as Salon, U.S. News and World Report, NPR and The Huffington Post. BBC News also produced a video segment on the event, which includes an interview with MPS Digital Photography Department Chair Katrin Eismann. “When you’re working in Pohotoshop, and you slowly see a picture in a way reemerging from the mildew, when you take away the damage and the cracks, it’s like your discovering the person, and it’s very magical,” she says. “It’s really re-discovering people’s memories.”
Operation Photo Rescue is a not-for-profit organization that repairs photographs damaged by unforeseen circumstances, such as house fires and natural disasters, at no cost to the people who own them. For more information, visit the OPR website. And for photographs by Katrin Eismann from Operation Photo Rescue at SVA, visit our Facebook page.
Images: © 2013. Katrin Eismann. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED