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Thread: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

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    Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    I don't have fireplace like Brett Weston, has anyone on here taken a stash of negatives to a commercial incinerator or used their own?

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    Eric Woodbury
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    Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    As I understand it, BW didn't burn many and not the good stuff. It made for a good show.

    Negs will shred fine.

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    Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    For very large masses, there were firms who would incinerate X-ray films to recover the silver... There was a big one on San Fernando Road in the Valley, but I would have to look it up... They would probably want a truckload, and would pay in cash or in silver ingots... Do you have alot???

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    Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    I'd just put them in the regular trash. Maybe some garbage hound will find them and go on an epic search for you. Maybe even make a video about the quest... I think these days this is the best way to get your work known.

    In fact, I'm waiting for some conceptual artist to create an artificial persona of himself and claim to have found his own early work in the garbage...

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    Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    I'd just put them in the regular trash. Maybe some garbage hound will find them and go on an epic search for you. Maybe even make a video about the quest... I think these days this is the best way to get your work known.

    In fact, I'm waiting for some conceptual artist to create an artificial persona of himself and claim to have found his own early work in the garbage...
    It would be even more effective if he faked his own demise in some tragic darkroom event...

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    Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    I tried burning some of my grandparents old negatives that were still on nitrate film stock. That was quite the pyrotechnic show. If you threw a good stash of those in your fireplace pretty sure you wouldn't have a house left.

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    Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat View Post
    For very large masses, there were firms who would incinerate X-ray films to recover the silver... There was a big one on San Fernando Road in the Valley, but I would have to look it up... They would probably want a truckload, and would pay in cash or in silver ingots... Do you have alot???

    Steve K
    not a truckload, but maybe a big wheelbarrow load...if you think of the San Fernando place name I'd be curious.

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    Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    yea there's some French guy who has a' conceptual' project going through tons of discarded negatives that he buys from recycling centers in China, i think it's called Beijing silvermine or something like that

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    Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    I watched over 2000 rolls of my 35mm negatives get incinerated after perhaps a cigarette butt (not mine!) triggered a brush fire which spread to the darkroom and a neighbor's barn. Also gone was the shed that housed the darkroom, almost as big as the two bedroom house I live in now, shop tools up to a metal turning lathe, antiques, radios, and junk.

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    Re: Southern California incinerator source for black-and-white negatives?

    Why the need to destroy them

    I can understand recycling easily

    Why not let future generations find them where ever they are

    Time Capsule can be a 20 gallon barrel like this and may be incinerated

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