When Levi Bettwieser, a collector and restoration artist of old and historical film, found 31 rolls of undeveloped film at an auction in Ohio, he had no idea what to expect. Some of the film had rust and water damage and he knew there was a large possibility that none of the rolls would produce a single image.
But the rolls did produce images and the photographs that Bettwieser developed in his kitchen were stunning. They were taken70 years ago by an unknown soldier on the battlefield of Word War II. “There is a large possibility that I might not recover a single image from any of these rolls of film,” he said. “When I pulled the film that I had just developed out of my film development tank and look at them, I’m the very first person that has ever seen that picture.”