Posts Tagged ‘found’

Lake Tahoe Fisherman Pulls In Long-Lost Camera, Finds 5 Years of Photos Still Intact

We have a category called “Finds” here at PetaPixel, and never does it apply more literally than when we chance upon one of those long-lost-camera-shows-up-x-years-later-with-photos-still-intact stories. Today we have one of those astounding stories for you, featuring a camera lost three years ago that was fished out of Lake Tahoe just last week. Read more…

Late Photog’s Long-Lost Photos of Mount St. Helens Discovered in Storage

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In the Spring of 1980, just a few weeks before the infamous Mount St. Helens eruption that would take his life along with 56 others, photojournalist Reid Blackburn captured the volcano as it looked before it exploded.

The thing is, nobody knew this until last week, when a photo assistant at The Columbian — the newspaper Blackburn worked for — stumbled across the long-lost roll in a storage box. Read more…

100-Year-Old Box of Negatives Discovered by Conservators in Antarctica

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Almost one hundred years after a group of explorers set out across the frozen landscape of Antarctica to set up supply depots for famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, a box of 22 never-before-seen exposed but unprocessed negatives taken by the group’s photographer has been unearthed in one of those shacks, preserved in a block of ice. Read more…

Photog Has DSLR Snatched by Alligator, Only to Have it Returned 8 Months Later

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“Impossible” stories don’t seem to be all that impossible where cameras are concerned. For example, you might remember the Canon compact that found its way back to its owner after drifting 6,200 miles across the ocean to Taiwan.

Today’s impossible story isn’t quite so international, but no less amazing. After losing $1,300 worth of camera equipment to an alligator at the Everglades Alligator Farm eight months ago, another alligator was kind enough to return amateur wildlife photographer Mario Aldecoa‘s gear to him last week. Read more…

Documentary: The Life and Work of Vivian Maier, the Unknown Nanny Photographer

Vivian Maier never saw much recognition for her work. When she passed away four years ago in 2009, her treasure trove of over 150,000 photographs had only just been discovered by accident, and didn’t begin receiving critical acclaim until after she had already passed.

Called a “poet of suburbia,” this nanny photographer — “Mary Poppins with a camera” — is now one of the most celebrated photographers of our time, and this hour-long BBC One documentary takes a closer look at her story.
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Finding an Old Photo of My 95-Year-Old Grandpa as a 6-Year-Old Boy

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About a year ago, I was sitting around narcissistically Google-ing myself when I came across the photo above of “Robert C. Paetz + Mother”. It was dated 1923 and was being sold for $12 by a man named Paul in Northern California.

I quickly did the math and figured it was my 93-year-old grandfather and my great-grandmother, Matilda (who eventually lived until 102 when I was 16).
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How The Internet Helped One Photog Find a Mystery Couple Using Only Old Slides

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Harry and Edna Grossmann’s stories ended in 1986 and 1983, respectively. A long-time married couple, they never had kids, and instead chose a life of travel and photography. But none of this was known to most of the world until 30 old boxes containing 1,100 slides of their travels made their way into Chicago-based photographer Jeff Phillips‘ hands. Read more…

GoPro Hero Lost at Sea, Found Two and a Half Months Later by a Spearfisherman

We won’t deny it: we love a good lost and found story. When a camera goes drifting out to sea or is lost in an earthquake, only to turn up months or even years later with the photos still intact, we can’t help but smile and share the story.

In this case, kitesurfer Jens Knof lost his friend’s brand new GoPro Hero in February of 2011. When a spearfisherman found it two and a half months later just hanging out at the bottom of the reef, Knof was both relieved and amazed. Read more…

Thrift Store Camera Photo Subject Found Through Facebook in 2 Hours

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Photographer Nick Wesson experienced the power of the Internet first hand this past weekend after he managed to track down the subject of a photo he found in a thrift store camera — in a matter of hours.
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Camera Finds Way Back to Owner After Drifting 6,200 Miles from Hawaii to Taiwan

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In 2007, Lindsay Scallan of Newnan, Georgia took her camera — complete with underwater housing — on a trip to Hawaii. It was on that trip, during a nighttime scuba dive in Kaanapali, that Scallan lost her camera to the deep blue. Understandably, she didn’t expect she would ever see it again.

But as we’ve seen in the past, the rule is “never say never” when it comes to finding long-lost photographs. Six years later, the Canon Powershot washed up 6,200 miles away on the beaches of Taiwan where a China Airlines employee picked it up, and began searching for the owner. Read more…