Ideas on recovering water damaged photos?

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Little background: Sister lives in Mumbai, India. Her house, unfortunately a first (ground) floor apartment flooded during insane rains of 2019 monsoon. It took about 10 minutes for the water to go from 0 to about 3 feet, wrecking havoc. They managed to salvage photo albums in that rush. 2-3 days after the incident while gauging damage, she found out that tons of albums were soaking wet along with all the negatives and threw away since the stuff was literally a blob of paper mache at that point. She kept some that were relatively okay and dried them under ceiling fan over next few days.

All those remaining photos are also damaged along the edges with a varying degree of encroachment towards the center. BIL's plan is to cut the rotten borders and make collages of salvaged parts. I am suggesting scanning and converting them to digital and then crop the middle part. I am right now home with some of my Oly gear - can I use EM1.2 + 60mm macro for digitizing? Any tips welcome! Haven't done this ever before. (and I just have 60mm, 12-40 and PL100-400 with me here)

P.S. Photos are 4x6 and glossy and somewhat warped. I imagine I will need a lightbox (a temporary DIY solution) or diffuser so as not to bounce light off of photos, if I am to go that route?
 
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Bugger!

@Sleepy Capybara I've used my FTs f/2 50 macro for copying tiny photos (1.5x1" approx) for display at funerals. Displayed on fairly big TV screens.

Just placed the prints on a plain background and hand held from above. Best to use diffuse, indirect natural light, as far as I went with experiments.

Not spectacular results, but certainly fit for purpose. Surprised me how well they turned out really.

A good quality flatbed scanner may work better for 6x4" prints. Depends partly on what finish is on the prints (gloss, matt, stipple, etc).
 
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@Sleepy Capybara I've used my FTs f/2 50 macro for copying tiny photos (1.5x1" approx) for display at funerals. Displayed on fairly big TV screens.
Appreciate the input John! That gives me hope.

A good quality flatbed scanner may work better for 6x4" prints. Depends partly on what finish is on the prints (gloss, matt, stipple, etc).
The photos are glossy. I don't have a scanner but can arrange that. If results from 60mm aren't as expected, scanner is the only alternative.
 
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This one is using a flatbed scanner, from a stipple print that was about 6x6cm or a little larger. Photo originally taken by me with a box camera in about 1958. Will look for some others on my PC.

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From wallet photo from about 55 years ago (no PP on any of these):

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From ~80 y.o. print, original maybe 2.5x2.5":

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From ~70 y.o. print, maybe 1x1.5":

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Hope that this gives you some idea of what might work for you.
 
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I will try to remember to upload the edited images that I used for the actual service tomorrow. The one with the fish was particularly challenging.

I can also provide links to the "originals" on my web site, if anyone's interested (i.e. not these ones that have been resized by the forum software).
 
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@Sleepy Capybara Here are the images presented as before/after. I have also included the links to my web site so that you can view the full sized images. Be warned, they are around 7-8 MB each on my web site.

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https://canopuscomputing.com.au/zen2/albums/digitised/E-M1_JAK_2016-_4012544.jpg

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https://canopuscomputing.com.au/zen2/albums/digitised/12-E-M1_JAK_2016-_4012544_e.jpg

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https://canopuscomputing.com.au/zen2/albums/digitised/E-M1_JAK_2016-_4012549.jpg

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https://canopuscomputing.com.au/zen2/albums/digitised/1-E-M1_JAK_2016-_4012549_E.jpg

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https://canopuscomputing.com.au/zen2/albums/digitised/E-M1_JAK_2016-_4012551.jpg

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https://canopuscomputing.com.au/zen2/albums/digitised/5-E-M1_JAK_2016-_4012551_E.jpg
 

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