My first Harding magazine was the first Harding magazine, and oh, how things have changed.
I remember meetings where we discussed whether or not we were going to use computer layout or continue using the old paste-up method. A color cover on a glossy magazine was going to be a big deal especially coming from a black and white newsprint publication.
Back in the early nineties, we shot a lot of black and white and not very much color. We shot this first cover with a Bronica 645 camera using 100 speed Fuji slide film. Back then, we had to get color separations made for each color image, and if you started with a slide or a positive image, your separation was only one generation away from the original. That was important because every generation away from the original art caused some loss of quality. We used the 645 camera because the negative was six by four and half centimeters which is almost four times bigger than a 35 millimeter frame, and that bigger image area gave better detail than a small frame.
Back then I also developed the film myself in my own darkroom. Typing the previous sentence scares me to death now. I was only 23 years old back then, and I guess I wasn’t smart enough to appreciate how serious of a job I was doing. Thankfully, the film turned out.
I have been blessed to have worked on Harding magazine for all of these years with a really wonderful group of people. I still have a great sense of pride when I see my name listed under the word photographer on page two of the magazine. I really do have the best job on campus!
Jeff Montgomery, photographer