More on Turning Photo Books into Bricks

Fujifilm MemoIn 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.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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