Treasure to Trash: Journey of a Fragment in Time on KodaChrome

Who doesn't love a mystery? 

New York Times reporter, Deborah Acosta, had no idea how a single KodaChrome slide she found  on a sidewalk in New York City would turn into uncovering what was behind a mysterious bag of trash. 

It turns out the trash bag was filled with abandoned slides. What's their story? Who tossed them out? Why did these castaways now lay lifeless on the concrete pavement, after being dragged to the curb then kicked and jostled by passer-bys?

This short documentary chronicles Acosta's journey to untangle the mystery of the castaway fragments of time recorded onto slides and how social media played a pivotal role. It also provides insight into the deep emotions (good, bad, or indifferent) we all associate with unlocking the power of pictures, as her investigation reveals the story behind the slides and the life of their creator.


Richard Lippert
Richard Lippert


Imaging has been a part of my entire life. I remember working with my Daddy in a make-shift darkroom we would rig up in our house on weekends to develop b/w photos when just a kid. Later on, my professional career path had me performing medical imaging of the human body using million dollar cameras. i/oTrak, has made an art of imaging and managing photographs and documents since 1995. We got our start in scanning documents by first working with medical documents from healthcare facilities throughout the United States. After imaging hundreds of millions of content-sensitive paper documents, i/oTrak formed its E-Z Photo Scan group Now, as President of i/oTrak, Inc., we continue the art of imaging with our newest business group...E-Z Photo Scan.

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