Salvaging Sandy-ravaged photographs

Founded after Hurricane Katrina, a nonprofit network of photographers,

graphic artists and hobbyists have repaired more than 9,000 pictures

discolored by floods, pockmarked by debris, speckled by mold and

otherwise damaged by disasters in recent years. The Sandy project, which

started this weekend (Feb. 2), promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue's most expert efforts yet.

In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 photo, damaged photos belonging to Florence Catania, of Deer Park, N.Y., are evaluated during restoration by Operation Photo Rescue-Hurricane Sandy, at New York's School of Visual Arts. Of all the pictures of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, some of the most lingering are the warped, stained ones that sat on the walls and shelves of flooded homes. The Sandy project promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue's most expert and ambitious efforts yet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 photo, Scott Geffert, seated center, senior imaging systems manager of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, assisted by Sharron Diedrichs, left, and Diana Mathura, catalog photos accepted for restoration by Operation Photo Rescue-Hurricane Sandy, at New York's School of Visual Arts. Of all the pictures of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, some of the most lingering are the warped, stained ones that sat on the walls and shelves of flooded homes. The Sandy project promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue’s most expert and ambitious efforts yet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 image, photo restorer Dennis McKeever uses Photoshop to retouch a damaged photo belonging to Florence Catania, of Deer Park, N.Y., during the restoration project of Operation Photo Rescue-Hurricane Sandy, at New York's School of Visual Arts. Of all the pictures of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, some of the most lingering are the warped, stained ones that sat on the walls and shelves of flooded homes. The Sandy project promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue's most expert and ambitious efforts yet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 photo, damaged photos belonging to Florence Catania, of Deer Park, N.Y., are evaluated during restoration by Operation Photo Rescue-Hurricane Sandy, at New York's School of Visual Arts. Of all the pictures of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, some of the most lingering for the victims of the storm, are the warped, stained ones that sat on the walls and shelves of flooded homes. The Sandy project promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue’s most expert and ambitious efforts yet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 photo, Scott Geffert, senior imaging systems manager of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, prepares a damaged photo belonging to Florence Catania, of Deer Park, N.Y., under a high resolution digital copy camera, for restoration by Operation Photo Rescue-Hurricane Sandy, at New York's School of Visual Arts. Of all the pictures of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, some of the most lingering for victims of the storm are the warped, stained ones that sat on the walls and shelves of flooded homes. The Sandy project promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue’s most expert and ambitious efforts yet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 photo, Florence Catania, of Deer Park, N.Y., watches as her damaged photos are accepted for restoration by Operation Photo Rescue-Hurricane Sandy, at New York's School of Visual Arts. Of all the pictures of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, some of the most lingering are the warped, stained ones that sat on the walls and shelves of flooded homes. The Sandy project promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue’s most expert and ambitious efforts yet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 photo, Tom Ashe, associate chair of the MPS Digital Photography Department, surveys the damaged photos of Florence Catania, of Deer Park, N.Y., accepted for restoration by Operation Photo Rescue-Hurricane Sandy, at New York's School of Visual Arts. Of all the pictures of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, some of the most lingering are the warped, stained ones that sat on the walls and shelves of flooded homes. The Sandy project promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue's most expert and ambitious efforts yet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 image, photo restorer Dennis McKeever, left, uses Photoshop to retouch a damaged photo belonging to Florence Catania, of Deer Park, N.Y., during the restoration project of Operation Photo Rescue-Hurricane Sandy, at New York's School of Visual Arts. Of all the pictures of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, some of the most lingering for the storm's victims, are the warped, stained ones that sat on the walls and shelves of their flooded homes. The Sandy project promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue's most expert and ambitious efforts yet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 image, photo restorer Dennis McKeever, left, uses Photoshop to retouch a damaged photo belonging to Florence Catania, of Deer Park, N.Y., during the restoration project of Operation Photo Rescue-Hurricane Sandy, at New York's School of Visual Arts. Of all the pictures of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, some of the most lingering for the storm's victims, are the warped, stained ones that sat on the walls and shelves of their flooded homes. The Sandy project promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue's most expert and ambitious efforts yet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)