In Turning Photo Books into Bricks I described how high humidity will turn many photo books made from traditional photographic paper into bricks. The Fuji Film Memo describing the problem and a Translation are now available here.
At the last ISO meeting on image permanence, Kodak, Fuji, and others submitted comments or argued strongly that these photo books should be allowed in future ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards. To do otherwise, they argued, might reduce sales of photo books. This argument runs contrary to the ISO’s general focus on quality improvements. My belief is that instead of allowing all photo books, future ISO standards should ensure that high-quality photo books will last for generations. This discussion is not settled and we will see how it plays out at the next ISO meeting, which will take place in October 2009 in Tokyo.