Operation Photo Rescue Coming to New York City to Restore Photos for Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

  Operation Photo Rescue Coming to New York City to Restore Photos for Those
  Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Business Wire

EL DORADO, Kan. -- January 15, 2013

Operation Photo Rescue (OPR), a U.S. not-for-profit organization comprised of
a worldwide network of volunteers will be in New York City on February 2^nd
and 3^rd to digitally copy photos for anyone whose pictures were damaged by
Hurricane Sandy.

Hosted by the School of Visual Arts Masters in Digital Photography program and
supported by Chase, PhotoShelter, DigMyPics, Imagingetc, and Ken Allen
Studios, the OPR team will be onsite at 133 West 21^st St, Room 101c in
Manhattan on Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, 2013, 10am-5pm on
both days. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are available via

Anyone with photos damaged from Hurricane Sandy may bring up to 20 photos to
be evaluated and potentially restored. Photos that can be repaired will be
digitally captured with state-of-the-art imaging technology and later restored
and printed. Restored photos will be mailed to owners at no cost. The original
photo remains with the owner.

All photos need to be dry and removed from picture frames and albums. Those
that cannot be extracted will still be copied, but the quality may suffer.
Photos that are stuck together can be separated by soaking, but should first
be tested on a corner to see if the emulsion is stable enough to soak. Further
instructions on care can be found on Operation Photo Rescue’s homepage:

Following family and pets, photos are the next most cherished possession, as
the memories captured in photos are all that remain after a natural disaster.
Chase, through its Technology for Social Good program, is supplying the
imaging stations, software and volunteers to help make the photos available
electronically. The School of Visual Arts is also providing imaging technology
in addition to volunteers and the space. DigMyPics will donate all of the
printing and shipping of restored photos; PhotoShelter will provide free
online storage of the damaged as well as restored photos; and Imagingetc and
Ken Allen Studios will both provide volunteer staff who are experienced in
handling and digitizing delicate photographs in addition to equipment.

Operation Photo Rescue (OPR) is a federally registered 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit charity that restores photographs that have been damaged by
natural disasters. OPR was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in January
2006 by two photojournalists, Dave Ellis and Becky Sell. Since then, the
organization has grown into a network of over 2,000 volunteers from across the
globe. Volunteers from all 50 U.S. states and 76 other countries have returned
over 9,000 restored photos to survivors of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and
wildfires. More information is available at

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and
innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty
has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related
fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness
and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity
and a clear direction of purpose.

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase &
Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3
trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 50
million consumers and 4 million small businesses through more than 5,500 bank
branches, 17,500 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile
banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More
information about Chase is available at www.chase.com and @ChaseNews.

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available:



Operation Photo Rescue
Margie Hayes, 316-321-1445
School of Visual Arts
Katrin Eismann, 212-592-2139
Jennifer Kim, 212-622-7068
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