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The albums are still there, but instead of seeing photos a small blue square (a checkbox for a form) appears instead. Many users report entire albums of photos missing and other are seeing only some photos and not others.
The last time this happened FB said it was a hardware problem and that no data or image files were actually lost, just temporarily unavailable until they fixed the problem.
FWIW -- I was looking into it because about 1/2 of my photos are "missing".
I wrote "The price of success" because it's obvious FB can't keep up with the sheer volume of photos people are uploading -- and the numbers are growing.
Facebook has become the largest photo sharing site on the web, (outpacing Flikr, Photobucket, Shutterfly, SnapFish and other sites who's core function is photo sharing.