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Project Aims To Rescue As Many Film Images As Possible

The Rescued Film Project is on a mission to bring every roll of undeveloped film to life.

Posted: 08/05/2015 - 13:09


The Rescued Film Project is an on-going initiative that brings forgotten, lost and undeveloped rolls of film from locations all over the world back to life.

On The Rescued Film Project website, which is an online archive gallery of film images captured from the 1930's right up to the late 1990's, it says: "Every image in The Rescued Film Project at some point, was special for someone. Each frame captured, reflects a moment that was intended to be remembered. The picture was taken, the roll was finished, wound up, and for reasons we can only speculate, was never developed. These moments never made it into photo albums, or framed neatly on walls. We believe that these images deserve to be seen, so that the photographer's personal experiences can be shared. Forever marking their existence in history."

Among the online archive you'll find images from WWII, of people's houses and local stores, trips to the beach and images of cars on streets at a time when traffic wasn't really a problem. The images captured of WWII were discovered on 31 rolls of film which were processed by The Rescued Film Project and transformed into a film (shown below) in which The Rescued Film Project founder Levi Bettwieser discusses how he recovered the historical photos. 


There's no charge for the processing and archiving processes and The Rescued Film Project are always looking for contributors who have expired or old film that needs developing. They can develop film rolls from all eras, even types which are no longer in production, and films which have been degraded by heat, moisture or age can still be transformed into images.

"Film is an organic material that degrades over time. We are committed to rescuing as many images as possible, before they're all gone," say The Rescued Film Project.

For more information on the project, visit The Rescued Film Project website where you can also get in touch if you recognise anyone in the photos found in the archive collection. 

(Via Vice)

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