We're about to take a big trip, and always remind ourselves about the value of photographic memories.
When we're working with organizing clients who are professionals - or novices - we're really careful about tossing unwanted negatives or photos. We know these items can never be replaced, but we also know how some disregard proper storage. So it's a careful process, with lots of questions so they keep exactly what they need.
The Analog Photography Users Group (APUG) has a super discussion thread going on. It seems a member saw a television design show where the unsuspecting clients were coached into tossing their photo negatives. Here's how one member responded:
"Good god, I can't imagine what's going through these people's heads to tell people to throw away their negatives!! If they spent a day just putting them in printfile sheets and then putting them in a binder, they'd have a lot more space, I'm sure there's other crap that they need to throw out more!"
So we ask you, what's your common practice when you come back from the lab? Do you treasure or trash your negatives? When surfing around this subject, we also found an Antiques Roadshow article on the value of negatives. That piece is worth reading too.