Silver plays an important role in film photography. Miniscule silver crystals are used to create the negative from which an image is made. Approximately 5,000 color photographs can be taken using one ounce of silver.
Because the popularity of digital photography has all but replaced film photography among mainstream consumers, the use of silver-based imaging has been steadily dropping for almost a decade. This scarcity has made fine film photography something of a collectors’ item and the market for both antique and contemporary works is growing.
Also, silver-based technology is still essential in many fields. It is not only extremely accurate, but also cost effective, making it a natural choice for medical X-Ray technicians – especially in developing countries – and those in the motion picture industry. For these sectors, silver is an indispensable aspect of image-making.