Jim Megargee started in photography in 1966 as a photographer with the US Army. In 1970 he attended the San Francisco Art Institute majoring in photography. He then returned to his hometown of Phoenixville, PA. to begin a three year documentary project on the changing social and economic conditions of this small steel mill community (a project that grew into the American Tour). While living in Phoenixville, he began supplemented his income by teaching courses in photography at the local community center.
Jim then moved with his family to Penobscot, Maine where he spent the next two years working as a finish carpenter and freelancing for the Maine Times and Wooden Boat Magazines and teaching private courses. In 1977 he moved to Winter Park, FL. and subsequently taught at Velencia and Seminole Community Colleges and the Crealde School of Art, later serving as Director of the Crealde School and subsequently Director of Photography at the Modesto Community College in California Rochester, N.Y. Jim became a professor of photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and taught all aspects of photography at R.I.T from 1983 until 1989 when he became Annie Leibovitz's in-house Master printer and co-founded MV Labs four years later. Jim is a scientist and artist dedicated to continuing discovery within the medium. He is the Master printer and the technical consultant at MV Labs as well as an active documentary photographer. He is presently working on a collection of his life’s work for exhibition and a book.