The Lost Rolls

In 2015, award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv processed over 200 rolls of his own undeveloped analog film, rolls that had been previously put aside and then forgotten about. These images have been collected in his book, The Lost Rolls, and are now exhibited for the first time in the United States at Photoville. This series of mesmerizing photos offers a meditation on the artifacts we use to record and remember history, how those artifacts change over time, how reliant we are on them, and how our relationship to images and memories is changing with the shift from analog film to digital.

Featuring: Ron Haviv

Presented by

The Lost Rolls Project in partnership with FUJIFILM North America and PhotoShelter

Curated by

Robert Peacock











Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv processed over 200 rolls of his own undeveloped analog film that had been previously put aside and forgotten. These images, some nearly twenty-five years old, are collected in his newest book The Lost Rolls, which features moments from Haviv’s professional career and personal life. The photographs, which allowed a re-engagement with Haviv’s lost past, bear evidence of light leaks, mold and other vagaries of time. Together, they offer a meditation on the artifacts we use to remember history, and how our relationship to memory and images is changing with the shift from analog film to digital.


This exhibition is also a call to action, as Haviv created Lost Rolls America to open the magical reencounter with the past to everyone. Photoville marks this project’s launch with the collection of undeveloped film (to be processed and scanned for free) from the public, whose images will become part of a national archive. Lost Rolls America acts as a repository of visual memories accompanied by written anecdotes, accessible publicly via website, and later, by a book and exhibitions.


The Lost Rolls and Lost Rolls America is presented in partnership with Fujifilm North America, and PhotoShelter.


Ron Haviv, an Emmy nominated, award winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, has dedicated his career to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.

Haviv has covered more than 25 conflicts and worked in over 100 countries. His work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv’s photographs are in collections at The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and George Eastman House amongst others, as well as numerous private collections.

His first photography book, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek. His other monographs are Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul and Haiti: 12 January 2010. His latest book, The Lost Rolls, was described by The Washington Post as “The magical photos recovered from over 200 lost rolls of film… An odd family photo album in which the kin are the people and places that have defined global politics and culture in the past quarter century.”

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