REG-JP Morgan Chase Operation Photo Rescue Coming to New York City to Restore Photos for Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:06am EST

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NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
Operation Photo Rescue (OPR), a U.S. not-for-profit organization comprised of a
worldwide network of volunteers will be in New York City on February 2nd and 3rd
to digitally copy photos for anyone whose pictures were damaged by Hurricane

Hosted by the School of Visual Arts Masters in Digital Photography program and
supported by Chase, PhotoShelter, DigMyPics, Imagingetc, and Ken Allen Studios,
the OPR team will be onsite at 133 West 21st St, Room 101c in Manhattan on
Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, 2013, 10am-5pm on both days.
Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are available via 

Anyone with photos damaged from Hurricane Sandy may bring up to 20 photos to be
evaluated and potentially restored. Photos that can be repaired will be
digitally captured with state-of-the-art imaging technology and later restored
and printed. Restored photos will be mailed to owners at no cost. The original
photo remains with the owner. 

All photos need to be dry and removed from picture frames and albums. Those that
cannot be extracted will still be copied, but the quality may suffer. Photos
that are stuck together can be separated by soaking, but should first be tested
on a corner to see if the emulsion is stable enough to soak. Further
instructions on care can be found on Operation Photo Rescue`s homepage: 

Following family and pets, photos are the next most cherished possession, as the
memories captured in photos are all that remain after a natural disaster. Chase,
through its Technology for Social Good program, is supplying the imaging
stations, software and volunteers to help make the photos available
electronically. The School of Visual Arts is also providing imaging technology
in addition to volunteers and the space. DigMyPics will donate all of the
printing and shipping of restored photos; PhotoShelter will provide free online
storage of the damaged as well as restored photos; and Imagingetc and Ken Allen
Studios will both provide volunteer staff who are experienced in handling and
digitizing delicate photographs in addition to equipment. 

Operation Photo Rescue (OPR) is a federally registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
charity that restores photographs that have been damaged by natural disasters.
OPR was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in January 2006 by two
photojournalists, Dave Ellis and Becky Sell. Since then, the organization has
grown into a network of over 2,000 volunteers from across the globe. Volunteers
from all 50 U.S. states and 76 other countries have returned over 9,000 restored
photos to survivors of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires. More
information is available at

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and
innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty
has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields.
SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and
experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a
clear direction of purpose. 

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase &
Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3
trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 50
million consumers and 4 million small businesses through more than 5,500 bank
branches, 17,500 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile
banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More information
about Chase is available at and @ChaseNews. 

Operation Photo Rescue
Margie Hayes, 316-321-1445
School of Visual Arts
Katrin Eismann, 212-592-2139
Jennifer Kim, 212-622-7068

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available:

JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

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