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Accidentally deleted contents of "Pictures" folder - is everything in iPhoto lost?

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Hi. I'm new here and this is my first disaster. I hope someone can help.

I switched from PC to Mac in January and I have an iMac running OS X Lion. Everything's been going smoothly and I was just learning how to use Faces and Places in iPhoto. I was moving some stuff around the other day and I inadvertently moved the contents of the Pictures folder to the trash. I didn't realise it until I started iPhoto and it said my library was gone. (And I hadn't set up Time Machine so retrieving it from there is not an option.)

I've looked in the trash (which has never been emptied) but only found a few random pictures that I never imported to iPhoto. Is there any way to retrieve the pics from the trash?
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iPhoto has a separate Trash folder within. If you haven't emptied it, have a look at the Trash inside iPhoto.
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Ah - I should have specified. I did the deed from Finder. I didn't even have iPhoto open at the time. Now when I try to open it I just get a message saying iPhoto needs to know what library to use to open. That's how I knew something was wrong.
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