Almost every professional photographer who came up before digital eclipsed analog has something a little bit strange in common and that is, a bag of old film in their refrigerator. Working with film on a daily basis, in it many different formats, professional life mixing with the personal, random rolls of film invariably piled up for years with the photographer figuring he would develop it “one day”. Well, that day has come for many. The Lost Rolls America project, (a spin off of a related project by Ron Haviv of the photography agency VII) is doing something unique, spectacular and incredibly helpful. That is, processing undeveloped at no cost from photographers around the world in the hopes to rescue latent memories.
I participated in the project after learning about it at Photoville and sent in about 5 rolls of 120mm film and recently received back some revelatory work. Not only did I not know what the film was going to be from but I don’t even remember shooting some of it. Super exciting, a bit weird. I used to shoot a vintage plastic camera from the 1950’s for fun and most of the work seems to of come from that. Some travel, some early NYC stuff.