Do you know the people or places in these photos? They feature World War II veterans, captured on film but so far, unidentified.
The Rescued Film Project has undertaken a massive project — taking previously undeveloped rolls of film, found in locations all over the world and processing them in the hopes that people can help put names to the faces and places featured in the photos.
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.
The film the project receives isn’t always in good condition — it’s often degraded by weather and storage conditions. And with each passing day, it becomes more difficult to not only restore the photos but find people who can identify the men and women captured in the frame.
It all started when the team recovered 31 rolls of undeveloped film, taken by an American soldier seven decades before:
So, what can you do?
- If you have film that you think the team should see, contribute it for free processing and archiving — this could be film that’s expired or old.
- If you recognize someone in the project — perhaps in the photos above, or in any of the photos on the site — let them know.
- If you’d like to support the project financially, make a donation toward the supplies that the team uses in the restoration process.
NOTE: Copyright of the collection of images featured in this post and on http://www.rescuedfilm.com/ is owned By The Rescued Film Project. Duplication of any images without prior consent is prohibited. Growing Bolder received permission to use and share these photos.