Chuck, please read my question again. Your answer does not address my problem.
The problem is: the Recent Photos Bar is gone. Please see Punch! Alternatives
I understand it's not supposed to show private photos, that is good, but why isn't it showing other people's photos who aren't private? I did a test:
I uploaded one photo to a regular category, then logged out. The Recent Photo bar came back with one photo in it. It's set to show 4.
I logged back in and uploaded 4 more photos to my private album. I logged back out and the Recent Photo bar disappeared. Even the one photo that was in it was gone.
This is happening to several users!