What's the relationship between our history and our daily reality?
Each day we walk by our local store, our neighbor's place or the park, without realizing the stories from the past that existed in those same places many years before.
While we often think of history as antique, irrelevant and something out of the past, it can just as easily be intertwined with the present.
Imagine what it would look like if the ghosts of World War II came back to the streets today. That’s what Dutch historian Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse shows through her Ghosts of War photo series.
University of Delaware professor Debra Hess Norris is chair of the Department of Art Conservation and offers some tips to save damaged photos.
An expert on photograph preservation, Norris - and her colleagues and students - are hoping to provide the public with advice and resources. They have event set up an email address for questions. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Save My Photograph,” and the team will provide recommendations.
“It’s about giving people who have had to deal with so much some hope and guidance for saving photographs that are precious to them,” Norris says. “In many cases, water-damaged photographs can be saved.”
In 1903, the Lumière brothers patented autochrome, the first technique for producing colour photographs.
Not long after the technology’s release, Albert Kahn, a Franco-Jewish financier-turned-philanthropist, set about creating a photographic record of the entire world. He sent photographers to every continent, and they returned with reels of film and photographs. By the end of Kahn’s project in 1931, he had amassed 180,000 metres of film and more than 72,000 autochrome photographic plates. He called the collection ‘Archives of the Planet’.