Operation Photo Rescue Restores Photos Damaged in Natural Disasters for Free


Natural disasters are tragic for many reasons. Assuming, most importantly, that you and your loved ones come through one such disaster healthy, you immediately begin the process of putting your life back together. And even though top priorities are probably your home, cars, critical documents, and so on, those things are replaceable; the photos that may have also been damaged or destroyed are not.

Operation Photo Rescue is an organization that understands this, and its volunteers want to do everything in their power to help.

A couple of months after a natural disaster hits a region, OPR will go and set up shop in the area for a few days, offering free photo restoration. The volunteers of OPR are a mix of professional photojournalists, amateur digital photographers, graphic designers, image restoration artists and others, all of whom contribute what they can to the process.

Here’s OPR’s short “About Us” video:

In a couple of weeks, OPR is planning on making a trip to New York City and offering its services to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The organization will be there between 10am and 5pm on February 2nd and 3rd at 33 West 21st St, Room 101c in Manhattan.

Durring those times, anybody affected by the storm can bring up to 20 photos that will then be digitally captured, restored, printed and shipped back to the owner at no cost. If you are in need of photo restoration, you can either walk in or set up an appointment ahead of time by clicking here.

To learn more about OPR and its upcoming efforts in New York, head over to the organization’s website and/or read the entire press release here.

Operation Photo Rescue Coming to New York City to Restore Photos Damaged by Hurricane Sandy [Operation Photo Rescue via Popular Photography]

  • nab111

    I like this idea a lot!! Is really does show that anyone can volunteer and help out those in need even though they may not possess what is thought of to be the skill set of a “traditional volunteer”. Niche is sometimes just as useful!

  • Daniel

    The thing I’m most thankful about technology these days is that I don’t have to worry about all my photos in a disaster. All my photos albums have been scanned and now I shoot digital and I keep two off site backups.

  • Mansgame

    In 2013, there is no need for things to come down to rescue. Have a real backup plan of your precious files. 2 TB portable drives are only $140 now. Most people only need a 500GB drive Buy 3 of them. Have all your old pictures in one and keep one at your grandmother’s house, keep one at work, and keep one for yourself. Unless your city is nuked, you’ll have your backups for ever if you keep updating the media every 5 years.

  • Slvrscoobie

    Honestly I’d rather have the destroyed ones that have a cause then have to explain that I had them fixed everytime someone sees thats disembodied hand and foot. Bad chops :(

  • Kieran Grasby

    Most people are not professional or even keen amateur photographers. Most people do not need, or feel they need a back up system, let alone be able to effectively maintain one. Precious photos can come from anywhere, not just your own stock of pictures. Your grandmother’s house may very well be near to yours and be just as affected by a natural disaster. Most hard drives are also not normally waterproof.

  • Kieran Grasby

    That said, your point is very valid, and there is nothing to stop people digitising photos and storing them elsewhere, as well as potentially having a cloud back up.