Joachim Schmid

May 6, 1993 - May 29, 1993

Image © Joachim Schmid

Image © Joachim Schmid

Image © Joachim Schmid

Image © Joachim Schmid

Image © Joachim Schmid

Image © Joachim Schmid

Joachim Schmid

First General Collection of Used Photographs

Year in and year out an unimaginable number of photographs is produced worldwide. Virtually every day each of us enlarges this gigantic mountain of photographs, without giving the consequences a second thought. But while photography seems a harmless leisure pursuit, the chemicals contained in all photographs pose enormous dangers to our health. What’s more, photographs in such quantities increase visual pollution and undermine our thinking power – to say nothing of the moral dangers they pose for our children.

In these conditions it would be best if we stopped making photographs altogether – but in many cases this is hardly possible. Therefore, it is essential to professionally dispose of all photographs once they are no longer needed. Experts from East and West have warned us for decades about the impending, catastrophic consequences of the Photo Boom, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears among those responsible in industry and politics. Today billions of used photographs are stored improperly in homes and businesses, waiting for desperately needed recycling facilities.

The Institute for the Reprocessing of Used Photographs, privately founded in 1990, offers a clear path out of this seemingly inescapable situation. The Institute maintains all facilities necessary to professionally reprocess photos of all kinds – or, in hopeless cases, dispose of them ecologically. We collect used, abandoned and unfashionable photographs, photo albums, contact sheets, test strips, negatives and slides, as well as damaged and shredded items, in both small and large quantities.

Remember, used photographs do not belong in the household garbage – they need special disposal. many photographs can serve a new and useful purpose after reprocessing.

For our planet’s sake: send your used photos to the Institute for the Reprocessing of Used Photographs,   c/o   Joachim Schmid, Englische Str. 29, 1000 Berlin 10.

For more information over the phone call: (30) 392 83 49.

Participation in this recycling program us guaranteed free of charge!