"Collectors, people who have spent years and countless hours hunting through giant bins of unsorted snapshots at flea markets and antique malls and yard sales to find a transcendent few, rescuing images of historical significance and arresting beauty from obscurity and, most likely, the dump. Their work is an unglamorous labor of love, and I think they are the unsung heroes of the photography world.”
- Ransom Riggs
The purpose of Foundphotos.org is to recover photographs that have been long forgotten and to share them with found photography enthusiasts online. The project's ultimate goal is to reunite found photos with their lost stories, and perhaps even to return them to family members of the people in the images.
How you can help
The characters who appear in these images need your help to tell their stories! Do you spot a clue in an image that may help determine the location or time period in which the photo was taken? Do you have a guess as to the who, the where, or the when? If so, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT below the image. No observation should be considered too minor to mention, as your insight may provide a valuable clue for another online sleuth to work with. Together, we can help the characters in these stories to come alive again!