Photo enthusiast Cezar Popescu looks at a glass plate negative from the "Costica Acsinte picture archive" before scanning at the Ialomita County Museum in Slobozia on Feb. 21. Popescu is digitizing the work of Romanian photographer Acsinte, who was an army photographer during the First World War and later had a small studio in the southern Romanian city of Slobozia before his death in 1984.
Acsinte’s photographs, shot on glass plates, celluloid plates and film, document more than half a century of life in Romania. However, they were kept in poor conditions and had already deteriorated before many of them came into the possession of the Ialomita County Museum, where they are now. Popescu is working as a volunteer to help preserve the images by scanning them and making them publicly available online.
These pictures were made available to NBC News on March 13.