Images, Records, Memories, Thoughts

The Investigation: The Anchor Point

Of the 2707 images suspected of being taken either in 1991 or 1992, 72 are Kodachrome slides.

Even though I worked at Eastman Kodak those two years and had access to the most comprehensive photographic labs in the world, where I did process all the C-41 and E-6 films from the Lebanon shoots, K-14 had to be sent to one of very few labs worldwide that specialized in that very complicated process. In this case, the lab was BWC Chrome Labs in Miami, FL. The embossed date on the slide mounts is JUL 92. The fact that I invariably upon having exposed film, I immediately sought to have it developed, and that it usually took about a week to ten days to have Kodachrome film processed and sent back to the client indicates that these films were taken either in July or late June of 1992. 

With this information, I was able to utilize the photographs of my cousin Fayez as a departure point for the investigation. Fayez was on a visit to Lebanon from his home in Los Angeles, CA to introduce his American fiancee Melanie to his family. He had not been in Lebanon in 1991. He also never returned to Lebanon after 1992 as he and Melanie were killed in a tragic car accident in the UK not long thereafter.

Fayez Kodachrome front small.jpg
Fayez Kodachrome small.jpg

As I was more interested in determining the dates for the color negative films, I gave each roll, cut into 6 or 7 strips and filed in negative preserver sheet a unique consecutive number for easy handling, from 01 to 52.