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Baby photos being cleaned and sorted with care in tsunami-devastated Japan

This brings to mind the (hopefully) rhetorical question, "If your house caught fire and you had time to save one non-living thing, what would you take with you?" Maybe it's because I'm a photographer, but I remember even in school knowing that, given a chance, I would try to save my family photos. It's encouraging to think that maybe a few people in Japan will have that chance thanks to these volunteers.

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A volunteer cleans a family photo that was washed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as baby photos are placed to dry at a volunteer centre in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 12, 2011.

 You can see David Arnott's post on the beginning of this photo recovery effort here and Meredith Birkett's post from last month on the images left in the wake of the tsunami.

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A volunteer opens family photos that were washed away by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami before cleaning at a volunteer centre in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 12, 2011.