Perhaps I was not clear, the issue is the photo's have dissapeared since upgrading to iPhoto11 therefore searching within the app isn't likely to help much. I need to be able to see the files from the file directory in finder, however as far as I can tell this doesn't seem to be possible, it offers iPhoto as a walled app only, with no ability to seach for individual files (a la Windows). It shouldn't be this hard to search for individual files that an app appears to be unable to index, my hunch is the fies are still there but the pointer is lost, in which case if I could find them in either my MAC or timecapsule I would simply need to reload them and not worry about the fact that iPhoto is flaky, or alternatovely a more sensible option might be to move them to a more robust app that doesn't hide them from me as the owner.
In the Event Mode set the View options as follows:
Then look at the top/beginning of the list of Events for your missing Event.
If you stil can't find the photos and in case the photos are still in the library package but iPhoto has lost connection with it try the following: make a temporary, backup copy of your library if you don't already have one (Control-click on the library and select Duplicate from the contextual menu) and apply the two fixes below in order as needed:
Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.
Since only one option can be run at a time start with Option #1, followed by #3 and then #4 as needed.
Using iPhoto Library Manager to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library
1 - download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
2 - click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
3 - Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option.
4 - In the next window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
5 - Click on the Create button.
Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments. However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.
Thanks, helpful advice, I tried all of the above but no luck. The photo's were defnatley recovered via timemachine as part of the whole system restore as they are on my iPhone5. So now am down to restoring from Timemachine...anyone had experience in retrieving specific photo's or events from Time machine.
With the newer iPhoto and system the only restoration from Time Machine would be for an entire library. So if you restore a library use the Keep Both option so that you don't overwrite your current library. That is if your current library has any photos you want to keep and if you have enought space on your drive.