But first Halstead had to find the pic.
Halstead had a foggy recollection of photographing the president with that certain young woman two years previously. Halstead hired a researcher. Four days and 5,000 slides later the researcher located just ONE slide.
Whereas most other photographers had shot digitally and deleted tens of thousands of ordinary digital images Halstead had archived his film images at the University of Texas. One story is that Halstead, in a public address, projected the image on a screen announcing:
On a personal note, after more than 50 years behind the lens I believe in the 'shrouded memory' syndrome. I believe most photographers have clouded recollection of images they have taken, particularly people's faces.
The two requirements to safeguarding and utilising an important image are:
- The image must still exist
- You need some sort of filing system to locate the image