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    Posted November 5, 2012 by
    Staten Island, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

    LimorGarf and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Sandy's damage across the East Coast
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    Drying A Lifetime's Memories


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Limor Garfinkle lives in Staten Island and works as an art director for an advertising agency in New York City. She is also a photographer specializing in portraits of children and families. On November 4, she was walking around the hard-hit section of South Beach, where she saw many family albums covered in mud and corroded by sea water. 'I figured a lot of people lost all their pictures, so I was walking around just offering people free sessions ... finally I met that woman. She was in shock. I just said to her, "Give me everything."'

    Garfinkle took thousands of photos and important personal documents -- including the woman's citizenship records and her father's medals of honor from the Russian army -- back to her apartment and spent hours washing them.

    She says people who have lost all their pictures in the storm are welcome to contact her through her website www.4mothersphoto.com for a free family session. Any other photographers or studios who are interested in helping out may contact her as well and she will connect them with the families.

    'It doesn't take that much time; you take a few pictures and now they can start their memories again.'

    Click through the iReport to see the whole story, including three time-lapse videos of the photographer washing and drying the photos.

    Read more about Limor and others who helped Sandy victims in unexpected ways.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Yesterday, I was walking down the South Beach community which had been hit hardest by Superstorm sandy, offering help to people and taking some pictures. I have met many people who were so upset about losing ALL of their pictures- a lifetime's collection, some of over more than fifty year old photos. I have met weeping mothers, and grandmothers, who have said: "We lost everything! But what am I going to do about all of the pictures we have spent our entire life collecting for the next generation"?
    I had shown some right there- in-front of their ruined homes how to dry the pictures and care for them, and even offered countless people, that I, a photographer, will help them rebuild their family photos collection by offering a free family session as soon as they had bounced back.
    But one woman I met, stood out. I had found her outside her front door, trying hopelessly to dry some pictures in the cold outdoor air... I then offered her that I will take ALL of her family pictures (thousands!), including very important family documents, and I will dry them in my house.
    I'm pleased to announce that I now have my first batch of dry picture, only ten more to go!

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