Restore Sandy-damaged photos for free, this weekend, thanks to CARE

Good as new.Restored by Genevieve Wolff, Oakland, CA

Good as new. Restored by Genevieve Wolff, Oakland, CA

We previously covered the work the people at CARE (Cherished Albums Restoration Effort) for Sandy when they were getting their volunteer photo restoration effort off the ground. In just a few months, they’ve made a ton of progress, scanning over 2,000 water-damaged photos and helping to restore 200 so far, thanks to the tireless efforts of 450 volunteers in 21 countries. If you or anyone you know has Sandy-damaged photos, you can get them on the road to recovery this weekend in Red Hook.

CARE will be holding a photo scanning event at the Kentler International Drawing Space (353 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook) this coming Sunday, from 10:30am to 5:30pm. People are invited to bring up to 100 (yep, 1o0) photos, and CARE will scan them, for free, so they can begin digitally restoring them. The only requirements to scan the pictures are that they’re dry and reasonably clean, but mud, pictures stuck in glass and ones that are scratched are possible to salvage.

You’ll spend about an hour scanning the pictures in, and once they’re scanned, it can take anywhere from two hours to multiple days to restore the pictures, but you can rest assured that CARE’s volunteers will get that job done, as shown in the evidence above. And if you want to get involved with CARE, their volunteer FAQ has a rundown of what’s expected, or you can help with the less technical side of things.

CARE for Red Hook Scanning Event, Sunday, February 24, 10:30am – 5:30pm, Kentler International Drawing Space, 353 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, FREE