The domestic and world photographic materials industry is reviewed with an emphasis on the role of silver in that industry. Included are technological and quantitative market sector reviews of silver- containing photographic products. The function, technology, and market for silver-based materials are discussed in detail. Principal worldwide manufacturers of silver-based photographic films and papers are profiled and domestic and global market distribution analyzed. Domestic silver usage by photographic product sector is derived from market shipment data and data on average film and paper loadings. Analyses of technological advances and their potential impact on silver consumption by product sector are included. Annual product and contained silver consumption growth are projected by market sector from a 1990 base year. The structure and technology of silver recycling in the photographic industry are described, along with the impact that environmental regulation has had on that industry.