The Effect of Abrasion on Photos


I made a few albums “before jeeping” was added to the outside edge…………..My 1st sons album was looked at ALOT and yes ALL the glossy photos have abrasion marks on them. I hated it. Some may say it was minor but it bothered me and I was thrilled when the jeeping on the outer edge was added–first to the demo pages and then to all our pages.

Janell Schwandt, Montrose, MN

Photo safety is more than the chemical reaction of photos with harmful materials. Photo safety also includes protection from physical damage, including abrasion. After all, if a photo is physically damaged it is not preserved.


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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8 Responses to The Effect of Abrasion on Photos

  1. Lisa Thurman says:

    Don’t page protectors protect from some abrasion?

  2. Kathy says:

    Thank you so much Dr. Mizen for continuing to help us sort out the ‘truths’. You have incredible knowledge & are so kind to share it with us.

  3. Chris says:

    I also appreciate this information about how “jeeping” helps photo safety. Learned several new things here.

  4. chybaskids says:

    I can’t believe when someone doesn’t want page protectors! It befuddles me to no end!
    You are da Bomb (male version of course) Dr Mark!

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  6. Lynnette Feusner says:

    I found Rhonda Anderson’s recent comments about jeeping interesting. She stated that “She was there when they decided to add jeeping to the pages, and that it had nothing to do with abrasion but enabled page turning without fraying the edges of the pages.” She added that it was the page protectors that protected photos from abrasion through the years.” Comments?

    • Jett says:

      I second this question. What is the truth Mark? (on a side note, why didn’t RA ask you to join her at OMFL? Seems like you’d only make the products even better than they would before with you expertise…you can email me directly at the address I entered if you don’t want to answer publicly.

    • Mark Mizen says:

      Page protectors and raised jeeping help protect against abrasion and physical damage. The combination will work better than only having one. It is an additional safety factor. In addition, the reality is that many people do not use page protectors.

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