Welcome to my blog dedicated to saving a lifetime of photographic work. If you are joining the blog for the first time, please read the first entry to see what we are all about.
I have been finding some pretty amazing things tucked away in all these bags of files. Among them are things like this:
This is a letter addressed to the Ninomiya family while they were incarcerated in the Poston Arizona Internment Camp, postmarked 1944. The letter inside is in Japanese and I am awaiting a translator to tell me what it says.
I also found about 27 boxes like this:
Inside each of these boxes is a metal tube. Inside that is a B&W negative. A panoramic shot of a funeral. The negative is 10 inches tall and 4 FEET long. Not sure where I would get that printed but perhaps there is somewhere here.
This is Cirkut Film made for panoramic large format cameras.
This particular box was exposed over 57 years ago..
I have been talking a LOT about the treasures I have found but I am also finding other things that are heartbreaking.
These next images are of negatives damaged by time, water, heat and other elements in the 40-50 years they have been sitting in storage. These particular ones are, I believe, beyond saving.
And I am also finding file envelopes like these, bent from too much time spent in the wrong position. Perhaps these can be saved.
I had many great conversations today with various Japanese-American foundations and organizations around town. I am spreading the word that these files need help and they need them soon.
Won't you take a moment and click the DONATE button to the right here? Every penny donated will go towards saving as much of this collection as possible, and the sooner I can start on that the better.
I have some specific equipment needs and if you would like to see my list of what I think I need, write me and I will discuss it with you.
Help me save Mr.Ninomiya's life time of work.
More posts and photos as I find more things!